Thank you Mr Chair.
The United Kingdom welcomes the 15 December statement by the Co-Chairs following their visit to both Azerbaijan and Armenia, accompanied by Personal Representative of the Chairperson in Office, Ambassador Kaspryzk. We recognise the commitment shown by both Armenia and Azerbaijan to engaging constructively with the Co-Chairs, and the spirit in which they continue to observe the compromises required to bring hostilities to a close.
Although the fighting may have ended, it remains critical that all parties abide by the requirements of international humanitarian law, conducting investigations where allegations of violations have been made. Civilians across the region who have been affected by the conflict must be treated in line with those obligations. Their safety and security must be paramount. In this regard, we continue to strongly support the work of humanitarian agencies active on the ground, including the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations. They and other relief organisations must be provided the access and support they need in order to be able to conduct their vital work swiftly and effectively.
Finally, the UK will continue to support the Co-Chairs as they seek to deliver on their commitment set out in their 15 December statement to pursue peace, stability and prosperity in the region, and to facilitate a resolution to all outstanding issues in relation to the conflict. The role of the Minsk Group in continuing to support those efforts remains essential.
Published 17 December 2020