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Azerbaijan: bodies of two soldiers and one civilian handed over

06-11-2010 News Release 10/201

Geneva (ICRC) – The bodies of two Azerbaijani soldiers killed recently and of a person from the village of Madaghis in Nagorny Karabakh were handed over today under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The operation took place in Bash Gervend, Agdam region, situated on the Line of Contact.

"Even though the transfer of bodies is a very sad event, the families of the dead will finally be able to bury and mourn their loved ones properly," said Hélène Plennevaux, the head of the ICRC office in Barda, who participated in the operation. "We are glad that the handover process in relation to the Nagorny Karabakh conflict has recently been accelerated."

Earlier this week, acting as a neutral intermediary and with the agreement of the parties concerned, the ICRC repatriated an Azerbaijani citizen, formerly interned in Armenia, and the body of an Armenian citizen who had died in Baku in October.

Working under the Geneva Conventions, the ICRC has been operating in the region since 1992, in connection with the Nagorny Karabakh conflict.

For further information, please contact:
Ilaha Huseynova, ICRC Baku, tel: +994 503160024
Eteri Musaelyan, ICRC Stepanakert/Khankendi, tel: +374 97 211 303
Ashot Astabatsyan, ICRC Yerevan, tel: +374 10 297 415
Marçal Izard, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 24 58 or +41 79 217 32 24



The ICRC escorts the human remains of an Armenian toward the Line of Contact.

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