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David Tonoyan: Decision to return Dilgam Askerov and Shahbaz Guliyev  will be made in Artsakh

David Tonoyan: Decision to return Dilgam Askerov and Shahbaz Guliyev  will be made in Artsakh

ArmInfo. The issue of the  possibility of the return of Dilgam Askerov and Shahbaz Guliyev will  be decided by Artsakh. Minister of Defense of Armenia, head of the  commission on prisoners, hostages and missing persons David Tonoyan,  announced this on September 20 during a briefing.  

He noted that he met with representatives of the Red Cross yesterday,  and the proposal of the Azerbaijani side was officially transferred  to him. "At the moment, there are certain issues related to the  discussion, which I cannot disclose. Additional work is required to  clarify certain information, and when it appears, the Armenian side  will come up with a corresponding reaction," the minister emphasized.   Tonoyan himself did not rule out the possibility of the return of  Askerov and Guliyev. 

"I strongly disagree with the term "exchange". This is fundamentally  the wrong approach, at least from the point of view of the Ministry  of Defense. I'm working to bring our citizens home," the minister  emphasized.  As for the possibilities of exchange, the Minister of  Defense did not rule it out. "I can't exclude anything.  But the  decision will be made in Stepanakert," Tonoyan emphasized. 

  It should be noted that on September 19, David Tonoyan met with the  Armenian representative of the International Committee of the Red  Cross, during the meeting he was given the official offer of  Azerbaijan to exchange two Armenian citizens for two Azerbaijani  saboteurs.  

To recall, at present two citizens of Armenia are in Azerbaijan. A  resident of the Tavush region Karen Ghazaryan and a soldier Arayik  Ghazaryan, who got missed in August and ended up on Azerbaijani  territory.

In Azerbaijan, two Azerbaijanis Dilgam Askerov and Shahbaz Guliyev  are serving their sentences, who were convicted of sabotage and  murder based on national hatred. 

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