Tuesday, October 8 2019 19:47
Alexandr Avanesov

Minister of Defense and head of delegation of the ICRC note the  importance of a final solution to the issue of the release of RA  citizens in Azerbaijan

Minister of Defense and head of delegation of the ICRC note the  importance of a final solution to the issue of the release of RA  citizens in Azerbaijan

ArmInfo. On October 8, RA Minister of Defense David Tonoyan received the head of the delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Armenia, Claire  Matro.

According to the press service of the RA Ministry of Defense, during  the meeting the fate of the citizens of Armenia, Karen Kazaryan and  Araik Kazaryan, who are on the Azerbaijani side, was discussed. The  parties emphasized the importance of the coordinated activities of  the ICRC in Yerevan and Baku in order to provide them with the  possibility of video meetings with families through video  communication.  David Tonoyan, Chairman of the Interdepartmental  Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons,  emphasized the importance and importance of cooperation and joint  efforts with the International Committee of the Red Cross for the  final resolution of the issue of the release of RA citizens and their  immediate repatriation.

The interlocutors also discussed issues related to the fate of the  missing as a result of the Nagorno- Karabakh conflict, other issues  related to the coordination of work with the ICRC.

On September 18, it became known that official Baku invited Yerevan  to exchange Armenian citizens Karen Kazaryan and Araik Kazaryan, who  were captured in Azerbaijan, for Azerbaijanis Dilgam Askerov and  Shahbaz Guliyev, who were serving their sentences in Artsakh.

Recall that the last time such an initiative on the part of Baku was  shown in November 2018, but then instead of Araik Ghazaryan (he was  taken into Azerbaijani captivity on August 12 of this year), the name  of a resident of Vanadzor, who has been in Azerbaijani dungeons since  June 2017, was featured , Zaven Karapetyan. Subsequently, Karapetyan,  suffering from a mental disorder, was released by the Azerbaijani  side in exchange for a resident of the Kazakh region of Azerbaijan,  Elvin Ibragimov, who crossed the Armenian-Azerbaijani border and was  arrested in March 2019. And now a new initiative followed.

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