HC Deb 23 April 1993 vol 223 cc241-2W
Mr. Elletson

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations Her Majesty's Government have made to the Republic of Armenia with regard to its military invasion and occupation of a large part of Azerbaijan.

Mr. Douglas Hogg

We have condemned the recent invasion by local Armenian forces of the Azerbaijani region of Kelbadjar and have called for the withdrawal of forces and an end to hostilities. My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has written to the President of Armenia urging him to do everything in his power to bring about a ceasefire and to resume talks through the CSCE peace process. I also made our views known to the Armenian ambassador at a meeting on 6 April. The United Kingdom has also supported statements by the President of the United Nations Security Council on 6 April and the European Community on 7 April, both of which expressed concern at the escalation of fighting in Azerbaijan and called for an urgent ceasefire. Both statements also called for an early resumption of talks on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through the CSCE. We are glad to see that the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan reaffirmed their commitment to these talks when they met for the first time in Ankara on 21 April.

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