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Repatriation under the auspices of the ICRC

29-08-2002 News Release

Baku/Azerbaijan (ICRC) – On Thursday, 29 August 2002, two prisoners of war (POW), one Azerbaijani military serviceman and one Armenian military serviceman were repatriated to their countries of origin under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The operation took place at the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Tavush / Gazakh region.

Further to the request from the authorities of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Armenia, the ICRC acting as a neutral intermediary, and in accordance with its mandate, facilitated the repatriation of the 2 POWs. ICRC delegates based in Baku and Yerevan, who had regularly visited the two men while they were in captivity, spoke privately with each of them. Both expressed their wish to return to their home countries. The operation went ahead with the full cooperation of the Azerbaijani and Armenian authorities.

In accordance with its mandate, the ICRC has assisted the concerned authorities in organizing such repatriations in the region since 1992.