Baku, Azerbaijan, July 12
By Ilkin Izzet-Trend:
Azerbaijan has appealed to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to clarify the information disseminated by the media, about an Azerbaijani citizen taken hostage by the Armenian side, ICRC Baku Office's Public Relations Department head Ilaha Huseynova told Trend.
The appeal requests that in case of confirmation of the information to carry out the appropriate procedures in accordance with the ICRC's mandate.
Earlier Armenian media reported about the capture of Azerbaijani citizen who was allegedly a military serviceman of the Azerbaijani armed forces. The captured person's name was Shahbaz Guliyev, born in 1968.
Azerbaijani Defense Ministry told Trend that the captured man was not the soldier of the country's armed forces.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.
As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
Edited by S.I.