Baku, Azerbaijan, July 25
By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:
The families of Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev, taken hostage by Armenians in Azerbaijan's occupied Kalbajar region, have appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian ambassador to Azerbaijan, Vladimir Dorokhin, asking for assistance to release the captives.
The appeal was signed by Dilgam Asgarov's spouse Firuze Asgarova, his son, Kurdoglu Asgarov, as well as Shahbaz Guliyev's spouse Albina Veselova, Azerbaijani State Committee for Refugees and IDPs told Trend on July 25.
The committee added that the copies of passports of Russian citizens (Dilgam Asgarov and Albina Veselova) were also attached to the appeal.
Previously, Armenian media reported that the Armenian forces, during an operation in the occupied Kalbajar District's Shaplar village, killed an Azerbaijani - Hasan Hasanov, and detained two other Azerbaijanis - Shahbaz Guliyev and Dilgam Asgarov. They also reported about the launching of criminal cases against the detained Azerbaijanis.
Armenian media also reported that one Armenian officer was killed and his wife was wounded during the capture of Azerbaijanis.
The families of Azerbaijanis, taken hostage by Armenians in Kalbajar, have officially appealed to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Currently, the ICRC continues talks with the parties on this matter.
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.