Armenian civilian repatriated under ICRC auspices
Geneva (ICRC) вЂ" On 2 November, an Armenian civilian previously detained in Azerbaijan was repatriated under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The operation took place on the road between the Azerbaijani town of Gazakh and the Armenian town of Ijevan.
The ICRC, acting as a neutral intermediary and in accordance with its mandate, facilitated the repatriation at the request of the Azerbaijani and the Armenian authorities.
ICRC delegates visited the detained person before the operation to ensure that he was returning home of his own free will.
Since the start of its activities in relation to the Nagorny Karabakh conflict in 1992, the ICRC has assisted in the repatriation or transfer of 653 persons. The ICRC stands ready to provide support for any similar operation in the future, should the need arise.