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Baroness Cox: Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Nagorno Karabakh: Armed Conflict

Baroness Cox: Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Nagorno Karabakh: Armed Conflict. 

Baroness Cox asked two written questions on the 10 November 2020 which were answered on the 19th November 2020.

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they vetoed a proposal for a ceasefire in the Nagorno-Karabakh region at a meeting of the UN Security Council; and if so, why.

Answered 19 November 2020 By Baroness Sugg (Conservative, Life peer)

The UK did not veto a proposal for a ceasefire in the Nagorno-Karabakh region at a meeting of the UN Security Council. A Presidential Statement was proposed at the Security Council and whilst the Council was united in seeking an end to the conflict, members were unable to reach an agreed version of the text.

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Second written question asked by Baroness Cox on Nagorno Karabakh: Armed Conflict. Asked 10 November 2020:

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that captured Armenians have been beheaded and tortured by the Azerbaijani Armed Forces; and what steps they are taking (1) to bring to justice those responsible for, and (2) to prevent, any such crimes.

Answered 19 November 2020 By Baroness Sugg (Conservative, Life peer)

We are deeply concerned by accusations from both sides that war crimes were committed. Where it is possible to verify reports of alleged violations, we will do so and we will raise these with the parties involved. The Minister for the European Neighbourhood spoke to both the Armenian and Azerbaijani Foreign Ministers on 28 October and highlighted UK concern over reports of war crimes. The UK's position remains that States have the primary responsibility to prosecute crimes within their national jurisdiction.

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