Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct.2
By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:
The body of the citizen of Azerbaijan Hasan Hasanov, born in 1978, was returned to Azerbaijan Oct.2, the Azerbaijan State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons told Trend Oct.2.
Hasanov was killed on July 11 by Armenian troops in the occupied Kelbajar district of Azerbaijan.
The ministry said that the body of Hasan Hasanov was returned due to effective negotiations conducted by the State Commission with the relevant structures.
The return of the body occurred without incidents, and was carried out by the State Commission and the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan through the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Earlier, Armenian media spread information that during the operation, carried out July 11 by Armenian Special Forces in the village of Shaplar of the occupied Kelbajar district, Azerbaijani citizen Hasan Hasanov was killed, while Shahbaz Jalal Aliyev and Dilgam Askerov were taken hostage.
Azerbaijani citizen Hasan Hasanov was buried in Nagorno-Karabakh, the ICRC told Trend.
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 four U.N. Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.