Azerbaijan appeals to ICRC to return Azerbaijani soldier's body
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 25 / Trend K. Zarbaliyeva /
The State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Citizens appealed to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on the return of the body of Azerbaijani soldier-martyr.
In a letter to the ICRC, the Committee appealed with a request for mediation to return a dead soldier, the State Commission told Trend.
As a result of exchange of fire provoked by Armenian armed forces June 18, four Armenian military men were killed and four wounded. From the Azerbaijani side national army soldier Ibrahimov Mubariz died. His corpse remained in neutral territory.
Spokesman for ICRC Ilaha Huseynova told Trend that they received such a letter from the Commission. The letter was given to governing bodies of the country through the representation of the Committee in Armenia.
The agreement has not been reached on this issue yet, Huseynova said.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994.
The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.