Tuesday, July 14 2020 18:20
Marianna Mkrtchyan

ICRC calls on Yerevan and Baku to observe basic norms of  international humanitarian law

ICRC calls on Yerevan and Baku to observe basic norms of  international humanitarian law

ArmInfo.The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is concerned about the humanitarian impact of reported military activity along the international border between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which has intensified since 12 July  2020, the ICRC message received by  ArmInfo reports.

Thus, according to the source, this activity brings additional risks  for the civilian population living in the area and affects their  access to livelihoods. The ICRC is sharing its concerns bilaterally  with the parties to the conflict, reminding them that they must at  all times distinguish between civilians and persons directly  participating in hostilities.  

 "We call on the sides to respect the basic rules of international  humanitarian law and, while conducting military operations, take all  precautions necessary to ensure that civilian life and  infrastructure, such as homes, schools and medical facilities, is  respected and protected", said Martin Schuepp, director of the  operations for the region. "We are ready to act as a neutral  intermediary between the parties and assist those affected by the  recent escalation of fighting."

The ICRC has been present in the region since 1992 in connection with  the Nagorno- Karabakh conflict. Through its delegations in Baku and  Yerevan, the ICRC supports communities living along the international  border between Armenia and Azerbaijan. In addition, the ICRC works to  clarify the fate of missing persons and help their families, visits  detainees and acts as a neutral intermediary to facilitate transfer  and repatriation of released persons.  

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