ICRC in talks with Armenia, Azerbaijan on return of dead bodies

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 / Nagorno-karabakh conflict

Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 15

By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is conducting dialogue with Armenian and Azerbaijani sides on the return of dead bodies, ICRC Azerbaijani Office Head, Ilaha Huseynova told Trend on Aug. 15.

She noted that in order to return the bodies there must be an agreement between the parties, adding that the ICRC is a neutral intermediary.

On Aug. 7, an Armenian reconnaissance and sabotage group attempted to cross the contact line of troops on the territory of Azerbaijan's Tovuz District. Four of the Armenian group members were killed as a result of measures taken to neutralize it, while another member - a resident of the Chinari village of Berd District Karen Petrosyan (born 1989) was arrested.

The next morning Petrosyan died suddenly due to unknown reasons. According to preliminary report, Petrosyan died of acute cardiopulmonary failure, and acute myocardial failure.

The experts at Ganja Regional Branch of the Defense Ministry's Forensic and Pathological Anatomy Center are establishing the reasons for Petrosyan's death.

Previously, Armenian media reported that the Armenian forces, during an operation in the occupied Kalbajar District's Shaplar village on July 11, killed an Azerbaijani - Hasan Hasanov.

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.

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