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Marianna Mkrtchyan

Mnatsakanyan: The issue related to Araik Ghazaryan is in the center  of our attention

Mnatsakanyan: The issue related to Araik Ghazaryan is in the center  of our attention

ArmInfo. The issue related to the Armenian prisoner of war Araik Ghazaryan is in the center of our attention. Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan stated  this at a press conference in Yerevan on September 6.

The Armenian minister emphasized that this is a complex and emotional  issue that is always in the spotlight. Mnatsakanyan added that the  Armenian side is working closely with the International Committee of  the Red Cross and other involved parties to resolve it as soon as  possible. "It's hard for me to say this, but, unfortunately, so far  our many efforts have not produced the expected result. However, we  are not sparing efforts and work in this direction continues,"  Mnatsakanyan summed up.

To note, on August 13 it became known that on August 12 at about  12:00, soldier Araik Ghazaryan born in 2000 left the position on the  defensive site of one of the military units of the Armed Forces,  deployed in the southeastern direction of the Karabakh-Azerbaijan  line of contact of the troops.  Later, the Azerbaijani media reported  with reference to the military department of Azerbaijan that the  soldier is on their territory.  Armenian Minister of Defense David  Tonoyan expressed confidence that the serviceman was on the  Azerbaijani side, as he got lost on the ground. A week later,  representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross were  able to visit a prisoner of war and get acquainted with the  conditions of his detention. Three Armenian civilians are officially  on the Azerbaijani side, who, on far-fetched charges, were sentenced  to various prison terms in Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan is ready to return  Armenian prisoners in exchange for two Azerbaijani saboteurs  convicted by a court of Nagorno-Karabakh to life imprisonment for  murders with particular cruelty.

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