Baku, Azerbaijan, March 7
By Elchin Mekhtiyev - Trend:
An Armenian citizen has been detained in Azerbaijan's Tovuz region, Secretary of the State Commission of Azerbaijan on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons, Shahin Sailov told Trend.
The Armenian citizen was detained near a railway in the Tovuz region, according to Sailov. The detainee is 20-22 years old and was wearing civilian clothes.
Identity of the detainee has not been established. As he knows only the Armenian language, he will be taken to Baku and will be interrogated on March 8.
In early March an Armenian citizen Mamiko Khojayan, who was earlier detained while attempting to cross the contact line of the Azerbaijani and Armenian armies was handed over to his country.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven 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 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.
Translated by L.Z.
Edited by C.N.