Armenian soldiers, captured voluntarily, say they subject to torture: defense minister

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 1 June 2009 16:43 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, June 1 / Trend , K.Zarbaliyeva/

Armenian soldiers who were captured voluntarily by the Azerbaijani Army said that they were subjected to torture in the Nagorno-Karabakh, Defense Ministry Press Secretary Eldar Sabiroglu told Trend on June 1.

"The Armenian soldiers said that they crossed the border, as they could not endure tortures," Sabiroglu stressed.

They are 18-year old Ohan Harutunyan Vadinagiyevich and 18-year old Gevorq Tomosyan Serzhikovich, State Commission on Hostages, POWs and Missing People told Trend . 

The two Armenian soldiers were voluntarily captured near Gulustan village of Goranboy region on May 31, the commission said. An investigation is underway on this issue.

Ohan Harutunyan Vadinagiyevich and Gevorq Tomosyan Serzhikovich, soldiers of the training detachment of the 7th mountain rifle regiment of the Armenian Defense Ministry 38862 military unit, complained of unbearable conditions and tortures and said that they crossed to Azerbaijan due to this reason.

Three more Armenian soldiers, Qrant Markosyan, Arthur Vartevyan and Alik Tevosyan were voluntarily captured by Azerbaijani army in Agjaduz area of Agdam region in late Feb.

Azerbaijan has two hostages in Armenia currently.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan lost all of Nagorno-Karabakh except for Shusha and Khojali in December 1991. In 1992-93, Armenian armed forces occupied Shusha, Khojali and 7 districts surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.

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