Baku, Azerbaijan, July 30
By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:
Two Azerbaijanis taken hostage by the Armenian servicemen in Azerbaijan's occupied Kalbajar region, have sent letters to their families, head of the Public Relations Department of the Baku office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Ilaha Huseynova told Trend.
On July 28, the ICRC representatives visited the Azerbaijanis taken hostage by Armenians for the second time.
"During the visit, the hostages were provided with information about their families and they also sent letters to their families," Huseynova said.
Previously, Armenian media reported that the Armenian forces, during an operation in the occupied Kalbajar District's Shaplar village, killed an Azerbaijani - Hasan Hasanov, and detained two other Azerbaijanis - Shahbaz Guliyev and Dilgam Asgarov. They also reported about the launching of criminal cases against the detained Azerbaijanis.
The ICRC told Trend that the Azerbaijani citizen Hasan Hasanov was buried in Nagorno-Karabakh.
On July 15, the Azerbaijani State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing People said the fate of Azerbaijani citizens taken hostages in the Kalbajar District, is its priority.
The families of Azerbaijanis, taken hostage by Armenians in Kalbajar, have officially appealed to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Currently, the ICRC continues talks with the parties on this matter.
Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry dismissed the Armenian media reports on affiliation of the mentioned persons to the country's armed forces.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding 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.
Edited by CN