Geneva (ICRC) – The body of an Armenian soldier was returned today in an operation carried out under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The handover took place at the line of contact near the village of Bash Garvand in the Aghdam district of Azerbaijan.
The ICRC had previously assisted with several operations by the sides to search for the bodies of those killed in action and retrieve them from the battlefield along the line of contact. The ICRC also facilitated the handover of the bodies.
"We welcome the efforts of the sides, which have allowed the fate of everyone reported missing following the recent escalation to be clarified. In contrast, more than 4,000 people went missing between 1992 and 1994 during the active phase of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and their families still do not know what happened to them. Getting answers to all those families is one of our priorities," said Patrick Vial, the regional director for Europe and Central Asia.
The ICRC has been carrying out humanitarian work in the region related to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict since 1992. When the conflict escalated on 2 April, the ICRC offered to provide humanitarian services and act as a neutral intermediary.
For further information, please contact:
Zara Amatuni, ICRC Yerevan, tel: +374 99 011 360
Eteri Musayelyan, ICRC Nagorno-Karabakh, tel: +374 97 29 80 85
Ilaha Huseynova, ICRC Baku, tel: +994 50 316 00 24
Jenny Tobias, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 79 536 92 48