Armenian citizens staying in Azerbaijan declared their unwillingness to return to motherland
Azerbaijan, Baku, November, 6 / Trend K.Zarbaliyeva/
Eleven Armenian citizens staying in Azerbaijan have declared their wish to go to the third countries, the secretary of the Azerbaijani State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing People Shahin Sayilov reported Trend on Saturday.
According to him, after the agreement which was achieved between Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents in line with the transfer of prisoners of war, hostages and dead bodies, Armenian citizens staying in Azerbaijan have declared at the meeting with the staff of Baku office of ICRC their unwillingness to be transferred to their country.
Sayilov reported that according to the rules if there is no consent of prisoners of war and hostages then it is impossible to transfer them to their country.
"If prisoners of war and hostages appeal in line with the return to their country, Azerbaijan will pass them to Armenia", Sayilov said.
Among Armenian citizens remaining in Azerbaijan five civil men (one family) are staying as hostages and six military men - as prisoners of war.
On Jan. 10 at 07:00 p.m, Armenian citizen Yegishe Gevorkyan, 52, with his wife Ruzanna Mardanyan and three minor children run border barriers and passed through the territory of Nakhchivan.
Three Armenian soldiers - Qrant Markosyan, Arthur Sarkisian and Alik Tevosyan - voluntarily surrendered to the Azerbaijani army in the Minakhorlu village of the Agjabadi region in February 2009.
Ohan Harutunyan Vadinagiyevich and Gevorq Tomosyan Serzhikovich crossed the border on the contact line in the Goranboy region May 31 and Karen Norigovich Harutunyan in the Gadabay region July 15.
The soldiers complained of unbearable conditions and torture in the Armenian army and said they crossed over to Azerbaijan for this reason.
There are two Azerbaijani prisoners of war in Armenia: Roman Guseynov and Anar Gadjiyev.
Guseynov was captured by Armenian Armed forces on August 27, this year and Gadjiyev - on May 10, 2009.
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 four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.