Addressing the Humanitarian Crisis
The United Kingdom has expressed ongoing serious concerns about the humanitarian situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, along with the significant influx of refugees from Nagorno-Karabakh into Armenia.
As the crisis deepens, the UK emphasizes the need for international humanitarian organizations to have independent access to Nagorno-Karabakh to assess the humanitarian needs and respond effectively.
Welcoming Azerbaijan’s Decision and UK’s Support
In a positive development, the UK welcomes Azerbaijan’s recent decision to permit United Nations (UN) agencies access to Nagorno-Karabakh. This move complements the existing efforts by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
The UK government, on 29 September, announced a £1 million donation to the ICRC to support these ongoing efforts. This contribution, along with support from other nations, will be directed towards providing life-saving medication, healthcare, and essential support to individuals impacted by the recent conflict.
Addressing Refugee Crisis and Assessing Humanitarian Needs
The UK acknowledges the enormous pressures that the movement of over 100,000 refugees from Nagorno-Karabakh into Armenia will exert on support services provided by the Armenian government and international aid organizations.
As part of their commitment to alleviating the crisis, the UK government maintains communication with the United Nations (UN), ICRC, and other relevant parties to assess humanitarian needs in both Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia. This assessment will help determine any further assistance required to mitigate the crisis.
Diplomatic Efforts and Calls for Peace
Simultaneously, the UK continues to urge Armenia and Azerbaijan to engage in negotiations, emphasizing the need to reduce tensions and prevent further escalation. Key to this is Azerbaijan’s demonstration of respect for Armenia’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and the rights and security of the remaining ethnic Armenian community in Nagorno-Karabakh.
The UK’s Minister for Europe, Leo Docherty, held discussions on these critical points during calls with both Armenian Foreign Minister Mirzoyan and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Bayramov on 28 September.
A Commitment to Ongoing Monitoring and Diplomacy
The UK government emphasizes its commitment to closely monitor the situation in cooperation with international partners. The hope is to see positive steps taken soon to resume substantive negotiations, recognizing that this is the only path to securing a lasting peace, stability, and security for the region.
In these challenging times, diplomacy remains a crucial tool to bring about a resolution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.