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ICRC statement on Nagorny Karabakh conflict

16-08-1995 News Release 95/39

Geneva (ICRC) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) welcomes the release of detainees held in connection with the Nagorny Karabakh conflict. Active hostilities came to an end 15 months ago, and since then the cease-fire has generally been respected by both sides.

The ICRC urges the parties concerned to release those still being detained in relation with the conflict. Until this is done, it is seeking access to every detention centre holding persons covered by its mandate.

The ICRC hereby reminds the various parties that the authorities concerned must ascertain the fate of persons reported missing as a result of the hostilities. This must be done without delay so that families can be informed. The ICRC once again offers the parties its help in meeting this responsibility, in the hope of putting an end to the uncertainty endured by people without news of their relatives.