ICRC members visit Armenians
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 14 / Trend, K.Zarbaliyeva /
Employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Baku Office have visited three Armenian POWs and five members of one family kept captive in Azerbaijan.
The employees delivered letters to the family and the POWs from their families, ICRC Baku Office spokesperson Shahla Gahramanova told Trend.
The POWs sent oral message, while civilians sent letters to their families.
Three Armenian soldiers and five civilians (family members) are in Azerbaijan.
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 Huseyinov on Aug. 27, 2010 and junior sergeant Anar Hajiyev -May 10, 2009.
Previously, Azerbaijan transferred three Armenian soldiers to the third party at their request.
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.