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No country agrees to accept Armenian POWs in Azerbaijan

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 3 October 2011 13:58
The Armenian POWs and five civilians, members of one family, have not agreed to return to Armenia since the first day of their capture and expressed a desire to be transferred to a third country, a competent source told Trend on Monday.
No country agrees to accept Armenian POWs in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct.3 / Trend, K. Zarbaliyeva /

The Armenian POWs and five civilians, members of one family, have not agreed to return to Armenia since the first day of their capture and expressed a desire to be transferred to a third country, a competent source told Trend on Monday.

The captives' appeals were submitted to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the source said.

Although an appeal was sent to several countries to accept Armenian citizens in captivity, these countries refused, but work is still being conducted in this direction, the source said.

At present, three Armenian soldiers and five civilian family members are being kept in captivity in Azerbaijan.

Previously, Azerbaijan transferred three Armenian soldiers to another country at their behest.

Armenia transferred Azerbaijani POW Roman Huseynov to a third country in late September.

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.

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