Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 13
By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:
Member of the House of Commons of the British Parliament, Chairman of the British-Azerbaijani Inter-Parliamentary Group Christopher Pincher appealed to the Minister of State for Europe, MP David Lidington in connection with Azerbaijanis taken hostage by Armenians in Kalbajar region, 'The European Azerbaijan Society' reported Aug. 13.
Pincher said that Azerbaijanis Shahbaz Guliyev and Dilgam Asgarov were taken hostage by Armenians in the Shaplar village of the occupied Kalbajar region of Azerbaijan.
Pincher stressed that these persons were taken hostage when they tried to visit the graves of their relatives.
After the Azerbaijanis were taken hostage, they were introduced by the Armenian media as "provocateurs". Moreover, the Armenian authorities accused them of killing one civilian and one serviceman, the statement said.
British MP also stressed that according to the Armenian side, Azerbaijani citizen Hasan Hasanov was killed during an operation in the Shallar village.
Pincher stressed inadmissibility of the Armenian side's such treatment of individuals who only intend to visit the graves of their relatives.
Moreover, the statement stressed the need to provide these individuals with the International Committee of the Red Cross's appropriate assistance.
In his statement, MP stressed the importance of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement for Great Britain, as well as the return of Azerbaijanis taken hostage by Armenians.
Moreover, he expressed the hope that Hasan Hasanov's corpse will returned to his family and all necessary measures will be taken to investigate this incident.
"The British government will make every effort to assist in addressing this issue," Pincher added.
Previously, Armenian media reported that the Armenian forces, during an operation in the occupied Kalbajar region's Shaplar village on July 11, killed an Azerbaijani - Hasan Hasanov, and detained two other Azerbaijanis - Shahbaz Guliyev and Dilgam Asgarov.
A criminal case was filed against them.
The ICRC told Trend earlier that Azerbaijani citizen Hasan Hasanov was buried in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Azerbaijani State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing People said the fate of Azerbaijani citizens taken hostages in the Kalbajar region is its priority.
The families of Azerbaijanis, taken hostage by Armenians in Kalbajar region, have officially appealed to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Currently, the ICRC continues talks with the parties on this matter.
Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry denied the information about affiliation of the mentioned persons to 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.