ArmInfo. At a meeting with the head of the Yerevan office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Claire Meitro, Armenian Defense Minister, Chairman of the Commission on Captives, Hostages and Missing Persons David Tonoyan touched on the video materials circulating in the Azerbaijani media about the Armenian officer Gurgen Alaverdyan, who came under the jurisdiction of Azerbaijan.
As the press service of the RA Defense Ministry told ArmInfo, Tonoyan expressed the concern of the Armenian military department about the content of these videos.
The head of the RA Defense Ministry also stated that the obstacle by the Azerbaijani authorities to the visit by representatives of the Baku office of the ICRC to Gurgen Alaverdyan is a gross violation of the obligations of international humanitarian law undertaken by Azerbaijan. At the same time, the Armenian minister thanked the head of the Yerevan office of the ICRC for the efforts undertaken to protect the rights of prisoners of war and civilians who fell under the jurisdiction of Azerbaijan. In turn, Claire Meitro assured that the ICRC delegation is doing everything possible to ensure all procedures emanating from the status of Gurgen Alaverdyan and other Armenians on the Azerbaijani side. The parties at the meeting also discussed actions to assess the level of integration of international humanitarian law in the Armenian Armed Forces, which started in 2019.
To remind, according to the RA Ministry of Defense, on August 22 at 19:30, officer Gurgen Alaverdyan got lost on the ground due to unfavorable weather conditions while checking the combat positions. The RA Ministry of Defense also denied the information circulated in the Azerbaijani media about the attempted sabotage by the RA Armed Forces, as a result of which Alaverdyan was allegedly captured. The Armenian Defense Ministry also reported that an official check is underway to clarify all the circumstances of the incident.
The ICRC told ArmInfo that a dialogue has been established with the relevant parties to gain access to an Armenian citizen who happens to be in Azerbaijan.
It is also worth noting that a video was disseminated by the Azerbaijani media in which an allegedly Armenian military man admits that he was sent to Azerbaijan to collect intelligence information, and that he allegedly wants to stay in Azerbaijan. Moreover, he reads the text from a piece of paper in poorly written Armenian.