To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) Armenia and (b) Azerbaijan on those states increasing their funding contributions to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
I have not held bilateral discussions with Armenian or Azerbaijani counterparts about their financial contributions to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The amount each participating State pays to the Organisation is calculated on a scale of assessment. Efforts to amend that scale are ongoing. The UK argues strongly in these discussions that a new scale should be based on the capacity to pay, applying the UN methodology based on Gross National Income (GNI). Adoption of this new scale would result in increased contributions from a number of countries including Armenia and Azerbaijan.