HL Deb 18 April 2000 vol 612 c91WA
Lord Hylton

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What information they have about the causes and possible consequences of the attempted assassination and wounding of Mr Arkady Ghukasian, the elected president of Nagorno-Karabakh, on 22 March. [HL1921]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal

Samvel Babayan, a political rival of Arkady Ghukasian, has been arrested along with his brother and at least 28 other individuals on the instructions of the "Public Prosecutor" of the so-called Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, in connection with the assassination attempt on Ghukasian. It is too early to say what effect, if any, the assassination attempt will have on the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process. But the situation inside Nagorno-Karabakh appears to be calm for the present.