I welcome the agreement by Azerbaijan & Armenia to end the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. They have both made difficult decisions to prevent further loss of life. I join the UK Government in encouraging all sides to continue working together for a lasting peace settlement in the interests of their citizens.
I share concerns about the violence we have seen on the border between Azerbaijan and Armenia, especially at a time when I know that both countries have been struggling with coronavirus pandemics. I deeply regret the loss of life we have seen. I have raised these concerns with colleagues in the FCDO, and was able to question the Minister about it in the House of Commons (see attached video).
Throughout the conflict, the UK called upon both sides to end hostilities, respect the ceasefire and engage in dialogue to de-escalate the situation, avoid further casualties and protect civilians. I am told that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has been regularly raising the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with the authorities in Armenia and Azerbaijan.
I welcome the Government's announcement of a UK aid package of £1 million to provide relief to those affected by the conflict. This will include urgent medical supplies, such as dressing kits and bandages, as well as food and safer shelters.