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Azerbaijani civilian repatriated under ICRC auspices

30-11-2007 News Release 07/127

Geneva (ICRC) – An Azerbaijani civilian previously detained in Yerevan has been repatriated from Armenia to 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 Ijevan and the Azerbaijani town of Gazakh, at the international border.

Prior to his release and transfer, ICRC delegates had visited the detained civilian on several occasions, in order to assess his conditions of detention and treatment. The ICRC had also forwarded family news between the detainee and his relatives.

Acting as a neutral intermediary and in accordance with its mandate, the ICRC facilitated the transfer of the released civilian at the request of both the Azerbaijani and Armenian authorities. ICRC delegates had visited the civilian before the operation to ensure that he was returning of his own free will.

For further information, please contact:
  Marçal Izard, ICRC Geneva, tel +41 22 730 24 58 or +41 79 217 32 24