ICRC employees visit Azerbaijani POW in Armenia
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 6 / Trend K.Zarbaliyeva /
ICRC employees have visited an Azerbaijani POW in Armenia.
The ICRC employees handed over Azerbaijani POW Roman Huseynov's letter to his family, spokesperson for the ICRC Baku Office Shahla Gahramanova said.
Azerbaijan transferred Armenian citizen Arthur Badalian to Armenia in the Agdam region on March 17. In turn, soldier Anar Hajiyev was transferred to the Azerbaijani side.
The Armenian armed forces captured Azerbaijani army sergeant Roman Huseynov on Aug. 27, 2010.
Previously, Azerbaijan transferred three Armenian soldiers to the third party at their request.
There are three Armenian POWs and five members of one family in Azerbaijan.
Working under the Geneva Conventions, the ICRC has been operating in the region since 1992 in connection with the Nagorny Karabakh conflict.
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.