ICRC office conducts illegal activities in Azerbaijan's Khankendi - Scientific Research Public Union

Politics Materials 3 August 2023 13:43 (UTC +04:00)
Humay Aghajanova
Humay Aghajanova
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BAKU, Azerbaijan, August 3. International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) office conducts illegal activities in Azerbaijan's Khankendi, the Head of the Azerbaijani Scientific Research Public Union Telman Gasimov told Trend.

He said the ICRC in Azerbaijan often refers to double standards, which has become evident considering the ICRC's 30-year activity in the country.

"They encountered problems when providing any information to the Azerbaijani side about missing persons, prisoners, and hostages. However, every time the Armenian side raises concerns about losses, the ICRC immediately interferes in Azerbaijan's affairs and ignores the information from the Azerbaijani side," he said. "Since the 1990s, only 17 out of 75 persons listed as prisoners of war, civilian hostages, and military personnel have been returned to Azerbaijan. Information about the remaining prisoners is missing, thanks to ICRC's attitude."

He went on to say that issues with ICRC have been accumulating for years.

Gasimov reminded that the ICRC office in Khankendi is directly subordinated to the Yerevan office.

"In December 2022, during the protest of Azerbaijani eco-activists on the Lachin-Khankendi road, we witnessed how the the ICRC vehicles were being used. Moreover, recently, during the inspection of ICRC trucks at the Lachin checkpoint, contraband goods such as cigarettes, mobile phones, and gasoline were detected. The ICRC acknowledged this and stated that it wasn't responsible for it. This once again proves that the ICRC office in Khankendi acts arbitrarily and conducts illegal activities," he pointed out.

Gasimov also emphasized that the ICRC's activities have already been exposed, and the whole world should be aware of it.

"The ICRC engaged in activities that were not entrusted to it and conducted other illegal activities in Azerbaijan. For this reason, we expressed our protest by sending an open letter to the ICRC headquarters. If necessary, if they continue such activities after the warning, Azerbaijan will be ready to take tough measures," he added.

In order to prevent the transportation of manpower, ammunition, mines, as well as other military equipment from Armenia for illegal Armenian armed groups on the territory of Azerbaijan (which weren't withdrawn contrary to the trilateral statement of November 10, 2020), and as an adequate response to the unilateral establishment of a border checkpoint by Armenia on the border with Azerbaijan on April 22, 2023 at the entrance to the Lachin-Khankendi road contrary to the trilateral statement of November 10, 2020, on April 23 this year, the units of the State Border Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan set up a border checkpoint in its sovereign territories, on the border with Armenia, at the beginning of the Lachin-Khankendi road.