Nagorno-Karabakh: Genocide Emergency Alert Debate

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Department: Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Nagorno-Karabakh: Genocide Emergency Alert

Lord Collins of Highbury Excerpts
Monday 2nd November 2020

(3 years, 8 months ago)

Lords Chamber
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Baroness Sugg Portrait Baroness Sugg (Con) [V]
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My Lords, we support the Minsk principles which ensure that there is an interim status for Nagorno-Karabakh and provide guarantees for security and self-governance. However, ultimately, future determination of the final legal status of Nagorno-Karabakh will need to be done through a legally binding expression of will.

Lord Collins of Highbury Portrait Lord Collins of Highbury (Lab)
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My Lords, despite my initial concerns about the role of the US in the Minsk process, I am pleased about what has been attempted in recent weeks—certainly the brokering of the ceasefires which, as the noble Baroness mentioned, have sadly so far failed. The international community has a responsibility to promote and facilitate peace. As the noble Lord, Lord Pickles, said, we cannot ignore the role which outside actors are playing. Will the Minister tell us a bit more about what we are doing within NATO diplomatically to ensure that our concerns about Turkey’s actions are properly and adequately conveyed?

Baroness Sugg Portrait Baroness Sugg (Con) [V]
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My Lords, I agree with the noble Lord that we have a responsibility to promote and facilitate peace. That is what we are trying to do in this conflict. I also agree that the US is playing an important role. I mentioned the talks that are happening in Washington and the strong statements from the both the heads of state and the co-chairs of the Minsk Group.

NATO does not have a direct role in the conflict, but the Secretary-General has expressed concern over the escalation of hostilities. NATO is calling for all sides to cease fighting immediately and to find a way towards a peaceful resolution. We strongly support that stance.