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Azerbaijani serviceman transferred under ICRC auspices

03-05-2008 News Release 08/74

Geneva (ICRC) – An Azerbaijani serviceman previously detained in Nagorny Karabakh has been handed over today to the Azerbaijani authorities under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The handover operation took place in Agdam district of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Prior to the release and transfer of the serviceman, ICRC delegates had visited him on several occasions in order to assess his conditions of detention and treatment. The organization had also exchanged family news between the detainee and his relatives.

Acting as a neutral intermediary and in accordance with its mandate, the ICRC facilitated the transfer of the released serviceman at the request of all sides and with their full cooperation. ICRC delegates had visited him before the operation to ensure that he was returning of his own free will.

  For further information, please contact:
  Anna Schaaf, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 79 217 32 17
  Jacques Barberis, ICRC Stepanakert, tel. +37 447 943 740