On 23 December 2006, an Azerbaijani serviceman, Vusal Garajayev, previously detained in Nagorno-Karabakh, was handed over to the Azerbaijani authorities under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The operation took place on the "Line of Contact", in the Agdam region of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Trend reports quoting ICRC Baku Office. The ICRC, participating as a neutral intermediary and in accordance with its mandate, facilitated the transfer of the released serviceman at the request and with the full cooperation of all sides. Since the start of its activities in connection with the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in 1992, the ICRC has helped repatriate or transfer 660 persons, and the organization will support any similar operation in the future should the need arise. ICRC delegates visited him before the operation to ensure he was returning home of his own free will.