I share concerns about the recent violence we have seen on the border between the Azerbaijan and Armenia, especially at a time when I know that both countries are struggling with coronavirus pandemics. I deeply regret the loss of life on both sides.
The UK has called upon both sides to respect the ceasefire and engage in dialogue to de-escalate the situation and avoid further casualties. I join the Government in urging both sides to show restraint and refrain from rhetoric that may increase tensions further.
The UK would like to see a peaceful, negotiated settlement to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and fully supports the efforts of the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group in achieving that. I welcome the Government's reiteration of this support in light of the recent violence. I am told that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office regularly raises the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with the authorities in Armenia and Azerbaijan, and will continue to do so.
The continued violence threatens regional stability and prosperity, and highlights the urgent need for formal negotiations to resume. I have noted the concerns which have been raised by many people on this issue and will pass these on to the Foreign Secretary so that he is aware of the strength of feeling.