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Armenian serviceman repatriated under ICRC auspices

18-01-2006 News Release 06/01

Geneva (ICRC) – On 18 January one Armenian prisoner of war previously detained in Azerbaijan was repatriated under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The operation took place on the road between the Azerbaijani town of Gazakh and the Armenian town of Ijevan.

The ICRC, participating as a neutral intermediary and in accordance with its mandate, facilitated the repatriation of the released prisoner at the request of the Azerbaijani and Armenian authorities.

ICRC delegates visited the serviceman before the operation to ensure he was returning home of his own free will.

Since the start of its activities in connection with the Nagorny Karabakh conflict in 1992, the ICRC has helped repatriate or transfer 655 people, and the organization will support any similar operation in the future should the need arise.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Annick Bouvier, ICRC Geneva, tel. +41 22 730 24 58 or +41 79 217 32 24