Azerbaijan, Baku, August 3 / Trend K. Zarbaliyeva /
The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defence considers distribution of dead soldier of the national army Mubariz Ibrahimov's photos by the Armenian side as a violation of the international law. It call this fact the next demonstration of the Armenians' duplicity, deputy head of the press-service for the Azerbaijani defense ministry, Teymur Abdullayev told Trend.
As a result of skirmish provoked by Armenian armed forces June 18, four Armenian servicemen were killed and four wounded. A soldier of Azerbaijani National Army Mubariz Ibrahimov was killed. His body was in a neutral territory.
"The international organizations are likely to take control of the issue with photos and intensify the investigation," Abdullayev said.
He said that the Azerbaijani side will continue to make efforts to return Ibrahimov's body and mobilize all efforts.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has sent an appeal to the Armenian government demanding to return soldier Mubariz Ibrahimov's body. But Yerevan officially stated that the body of the killed soldier was not in the territory of the country.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree to confer posthumous title of "National Hero" upon Ibrahimov July 22.
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.