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Armenia/Azerbaijan: one Azerbaijani soldier and bodies of two citizens repatriated under ICRC auspices

07-04-2010 News Release 10/54

Yerevan/Baku (ICRC) – An Azerbaijani soldier detained in Yerevan, Armenia was today repatriated to the Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The operation took place on the road between the Armenian town of Eraskhavan and the Azerbaijani town of Sadarak.

" Acting as a neutral intermediary and in accordance with our mandate, we facilitated the serviceman's repatriation at the request of both the Armenian and the Azerbaijani authorities, " announced Nadya Kebir Raoloson, head of the ICRC in Armenia. " Before the operation took place, the detainee had confirmed to ICRC delegates that he was returning of his own free will. "

ICRC delegates had visited the soldier on several occasions prior to his repatriation to assess his treatment and conditions of detention. The organization had also made it possible for him and his relatives in Azerbaijan to exchange family news throughout his detention.

On 3 April, the ICRC also facilitated the repatriation of the bodies of two Azerbaijan citizens caught along the international border separating Armenia and Azerbaijan. The bodies were repatriated from Armenia to the Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan.

Working under the Geneva Conventions, the ICRC has been operating in Armenia and Azerbaijan since 1992 in connection with the Nagorny-Karabakh conflict.

  For further information, please contact:
  Ashot Astabatsyan, ICRC Yerevan, tel: +37410 297 415
  Ilaha Huseynova, ICRC Baku, tel: + 994 12 465 63 35