in Russian – https://aga-tribunal.info/uk-8-12-2020/
Members of UK Parliament debated the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh on Tuesday 8 December 2020 in Westminster Hall. This was a general debate. General debates allow MPs to debate important issues, however they do not end in a vote nor can they change the law. The debates lasted more than one hour, a text of full protocol is here.
- Dr Rupa Huq – Labour – Ealing Central and Acton
- Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham) (Con)
- Feryal Clark (Enfield North) (Lab)
- Fiona Bruce (Congleton) (Con)
- Jim Shannon (Strangford) (DUP)
- Alyn Smith (Stirling) (SNP)
- Catherine West (Hornsey and Wood Green) (Lab)
- Wendy Morton
All Party Parliamentary Group for Armenia:
- Tim Loughton – Conservative – East Worthing and Shoreham
- Feryal Clark – Labour – Enfield North
- Baroness Cox – Crossbench – Life peer
- James Gray – Conservative – North Wiltshire
- Andrew Rosindell – Conservative – Romford
- Mark Pritchard – Conservative – The Wrekin
- James Murray – Labour (Co-op) – Ealing North
Video (1 hour 10 min)
Timing and quotes.
0:00 in video (4.32pm)
The Russians and Azeris continue to draw arbitrary borders without involving representatives from Armenia or Nagorno-Karabakh itself.
Baroness Cox, who has been an extraordinary champion of the Armenian nation and people, recently visited the war zone—I think it was her 87th visit to that part of the world. She reported back on what she had seen in deeply distressing terms:
“Lines of refugees taking their belongings heading for the safety of Armenia carrying whatever possessions they could … taking with them livestock, even digging up the graves of loved ones fearful for their bodies being desecrated after they had left and torching their houses so they would not fall into the hands of the Azerians”.
Video fragments about visiting Baroness Cox in Artsakh (4 min, she speaks from 1:20 till 2:30) – https://www.facebook.com/1b01ce85-1ced-4dc0-99cd-2abe279a2ce7
This is ethnic cleansing pure and simple. No Armenian feels safe in lands that have been their homes for years; they are being intimidated out, to be replaced by Azeris and jihadi terrorists. That should raise serious security alarm bells for the west as well.
Genocide Watch declared a genocide emergency alert last month, but the cleansing continues apace. We had a briefing from the International Committee of the Red Cross through the Inter-Parliamentary Union last week. It calculated that there have been many thousands of military casualties, but the figure is still unknown because the bodies are still unretrieved. It has no idea of the number of detainees on each side. It is hard to access those prisoners, but there have been reports of torture and executions. Russian peacekeeping forces and Turks in some places actually turn out to be Syrian mercenaries.
(Enfield North) (Lab)
(Hornsey and Wood Green) (Lab)
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs
51:30 (5.23pm) – Sitting suspended for a Division in the House.
1:04:00 On resuming—
Question put and agreed to.
That this House has considered the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.
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