4,471 Azerbaijani Citizens Registered Missing

Society Materials 26 September 2007 11:57 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr. K.Zarbaliyeva / Some 4,471 Azerbaijani citizens have been registered missing during the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, Firuddin Sadigov, the chairman of the Task Group of the State Commission on Military Captured, Arrested and Missing, said to Trend Agency. Fifty-one are children, 278 - women and 384 - elderly men and women.

There are documents confirming the capture of 783 people in the State Commission, Sadigov said.

Some 451 people were murdered or died in prison; 86 were women and 365 were men. Names of 124 are known but 67 cannot be found.

An investigation held by the State Commission from 2005 to 2007 revealed that 224 people are still alive, but 154 died during the war.

The conflict between the two countries of South Caucasus began in 1988 due to territorial claims by Armenia against Azerbaijan. Armenia has occupied 20% of Azerbaijani land including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven surrounding districts. Since 1992, these territories have been under the occupation of Armenian Forces. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement at which time active hostilities ended. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France and USA) are currently holding peaceful negotiations.