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Azerbaijani civilian transferred under ICRC auspices

21-09-2007 News Release 07/101

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

The handover operation took place on the front line, in the Agdam district of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

The ICRC, acting as a neutral intermediary and in accordance with its mandate, facilitated the transfer of the released civilian at the request of all sides and with their full cooperation.

ICRC delegates visited him before the operation to verify that he was returning of his own free will.

Since the start of its activities in connection with the Nagorny Karabakh conflict in 1992, the ICRC has helped repatriate or transfer 662 people.

For further information, please contact:
  Florian Westphal, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 22 82 or +41 79 217 32 80