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Nagorno Karabakh: Prisoners of War

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL13444, tabled on 22 February 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Azerbaijan about its failure to release prisoners of war from the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region; whether this and other ceasefire violations were raised by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for European Neighbourhood on her recent visit to Baku; and if not, why not.

Answered on

8 March 2021

During her recent visits to Armenia and Azerbaijan the Minister for the European Neighbourhood and the Americas underlined the importance of returning of all prisoners of war and urged both parties to work closely with the ICRC to expedite the returns where relevant. The Minister for the European Neighbourhood and the Americas also encouraged both sides to abide by the 10 November trilateral peace deal and settle all outstanding matters through talks under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group. The UK Government welcomes the most recent exchange of prisoners of war on 10 February.