Inquiry to the Members of Parliament in both Houses (House of Commons and House of Lords, UK)
We are writing to
you seeking your kind support in a matter of extreme importance to us, as
British nationals of Armenian descent.
As you are aware
since 27th September Armenians of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh) are
facing an existential threat from Azerbaijan, backed by Turkey. Many countries
are engaged in constructive attempts to stop the fighting and bring the sides
to the negotiation table.
You might further
be aware that there was an attempt to pass a UN Security Council statement that
would have been instrumental in achieving a lasting ceasefire. The statement
was discussed in the recent UN Security Council meeting, in a closed format.
According to Shavarsh Kocharyan, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Armenia, the
three co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group- Russia, France, and the US, presented
a very well-balanced position. The statement they proposed was referring to the
need for a ceasefire, a call to third parties to refrain from involvement in
the conflict, and condemnation of the use of mercenaries in the conflict.
However, according to Mr. Kocharyan, one of the five permanent members of the
UN Security Council vetoed the statement, thereby making it impossible to pass.
There have now been
news reports that the UK, in its position as a permanent member of the UN
Security Council has vetoed the above-mentioned statement, thereby directly
damaging the prospect of the ceasefire and peaceful resolution of this
British nationals, we find these reports alarming, to say the least. The
financial interests of one company cannot be put above human lives and Human
Rights. Therefore, we write to you asking that you use your position to
pressure the UK Government into clarifying these allegations that are now being
circulated in the media. We further ask you to pressure the UK government in
expressing a commitment to not block any future resolutions or statements that
are aimed at achieving a ceasefire between Armenian and Azeri forces and
bringing the parties to the negotiation table. The UK Government must
unequivocally express its position that this conflict has no military solution,
and it can only be resolved through peaceful means.
the opportunity, I would like to express my gratitude for raising your voice on
the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Most of the responses by Baroness Sugg, on
behalf of HMG was an assurance about the UK official support to OSCE Minsk
Group efforts for immediate ceasefire and restoration of peaceful negotiations.
This inquiry is for the reassurance that on all
possible national and international platforms HMG is adherent to its unanimous
support to OSCE Minsk Group peace efforts and will not jeopardise British
values of Human Rights and Democracy for the benefit of the corporal interests
in the oil industry.
Anush Aghabalyan, International
Relations and International development specialist
MA (Hons) in
International Relations, University of Amsterdam
rights, Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights (Lund, Sweden)
Over 15 years’
experience as senior advocacy professional in the field of gender equality and
Anna Arutshyan, Director of
‘Women’s Solidarity Fund’, Oxford, LLM in International Human Rights Law,
Oxford Brookes University, Co-founder of ‘Society Without Violence’ CSO,
Armenia, Over 15 years of experience as feminist, anti-militarist activist, and
Solicitor of England and Wales, as well as an advocate with the Bucharest Bar.
She has graduated from the Yerevan State University, Law Department, after
which she has moved to Romania and continued her education and professional
career there. Here she obtained her PhD and worked as a qualified lawyer
(Avocat) since 2005. In the year 2014 she moved to the UK, where she now continues
her professional career, presently specialising in Immigration Law.
Anoush Begoyan –
international relations and international development specialist. MA
International Relations and Diplomacy, Yerevan State University, Armenia MA
Political Science and Political Economy of Post-Communist transition (CEU,
Budapest, Hungary), LLM candidate in International Dispute Resolution
QMUL, London, UK
Over 20 years of
experience in conflict resolution and human right work