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Azerbaijan

Volume 712: debated on Thursday 2 July 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will raise with the government of Azerbaijan the treatment of six Armenian prisoners (five military personnel and one civilian) recently captured when they crossed the border into Azerbaijan; and whether they will make representations about the display of those prisoners on Azeri television and any duress associated with their declared wishes to return to a third country. [HL4499]

We are aware that both Armenia and Azerbaijan report incidents in which their servicemen have been held by the other side.

We encourage both sides to work towards a peaceful, negotiated settlement and to explore the possibilities for confidence-building measures to reduce tension along the line of contact and international border between the two countries. We expect all countries to respect international humanitarian and human rights law in dealing with captured soldiers and civilians.