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Tatevik Shahunyan

Stepanakert: Artsakh authorities make efforts to repatriate prisoner  of war Arayik Ghazaryan

Stepanakert: Artsakh authorities make efforts to repatriate prisoner  of war Arayik Ghazaryan

ArmInfo. Arayik Ghazaryan, a  soldier of the Defense Army of the Republic of Artsakh, was captured  by the Azerbaijani side, the mission of the International Committee  of the Red Cross in Artsakh and the office of the Personal  Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office.  The Ministry of  Foreign Affairs of Artsakh reported this.

According to the Foreign Ministry, Artsakh authorities are making  efforts to repatriate prisoner of war Arayik Ghazaryan.

Yesterday, the press service of the Artsakh Army of Defense  distributed a message according to which on August 12 at about 12:00,  on the defensive site of one of the military units of the Defens  Army, deployed in the southeast direction, the soldier Arayik  Ghazaryan (born in 2000). According to the Azerbaijani media, a  soldier is in Azerbaijani side. An investigation is underway to find  out the details of the incident. Armenian Minister of Defense David  Tonoyan expressed confidence that the serviceman was on the  Azerbaijani side, as he got lost in the area.

To recall, today the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan disseminated  information that the Armenian military allegedly left his post due to  acts of violence. Light scratches and ordinary scars on Ghazaryan's  body are presented as evidence of violence against him. However, the  NKR Ministry of Defense denied this information, urging the public  not to believe the false accusations of the Azerbaijani side aimed at  humiliating the image of the Armenian soldier, and to wait for the  ongoing investigation, the results of which will be published.

The Armenian Ombudsman Arman Tatoyan also addressed the incident,  saying that he had talked with the head of the Armenian mission of  the International Committee of the Red Cross, where he was informed  that he had not seen the Armenian soldier in Azerbaijan yet, but  steps were being taken in this direction.

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