Dear President Ilham Aliyev,
We, the undersigned, write to express our solidarity with the people of Azerbaijan as you commemorate 23rd anniversary of Khojaly massacre, killing of 613 innocent civilians by the invading Armenian armed forces with the support of the Soviet infantry regiment 366 in the town of Khojaly on 26 February 1992.
We share the grief of Azerbaijani people on this very sad anniversary and support your tireless efforts to settle the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno Karabakh on the basis of the withdrawal of Armenian troops from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.
Many of us have been to Azerbaijan and have witnessed the plight and sufferings of IDPs at refugee camps. What happened in the town of Khojaly is undoubtedly a human tragedy and it is important that perpetrators are brought to justice.
The ongoing conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno Karabakh represents obstacle to bringing lasting peace and stability to the Southern Caucasus. As an important strategic and economic partner of your country, United Kingdom has long-standing interest to see the conflict resolved peacefully making South Caucasus a stable and peaceful region. Therefore, it is essential that international peace talks conducted under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group further intensify with a view to starting the work on comprehensive peace plan.
Your Excellency, please accept our condolences on this very sad day for your people.
Members of the House of Lords:
Lord David Evans, Baroness Detta O'Cathain, Lord Risby, Lord Michael German, Lord Anthony St John, Viscount Trenchard, Baroness Zahida Manzoor
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