Azerbaijan and Red Cross Committee Sign Agreement on Missing People of Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict
Azerbaijan, Baku, 14 April / corr. Trend E. Huseyinli/ The State Commission on Hostages, POVs and Missing People and International Red Cross Committee (IRCC) have signed a framework agreement on centralized management and acquisition of Ante Mortem data on people missing as a result of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Eldar Mahmudov, the minister of security of Azerbaijan and the chairman of the Commission, said on 14 April in a signing ceremony that international law and international humanitarian law have been violated as a result of the occupation of Azerbaijani territory by Armenia.
At present, 4,360 Azerbaijani citizens are missing. The witnesses say that they have been taken as hostages.
Mahmudov said that the framework agreement will create new opportunities to find out about the destiny of missing people.
Shain Sailov, the secretary of the Commission said during the event that the work is being carried out to make the list, that the Commission and International Red Cross Committee have, more concrete. He said that data on destiny of 1,062 people have been concretized and sent to IRCC and the destiny of 231 missing people has been found out. According to Sailov, the study carried our for the last years show that 97 Azerbaijani citizens have survived the military operations and they are in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan at present.
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