Azerbaijan/Armenia: ICRC assists in repatriation of civilian
10-04-2014 News Release
An Armenian citizen who had been interned in Baku, Azerbaijan, was repatriated today under the auspices of the ICRC. The man was placed in the care of Armenian officials on the road between the Azerbaijani town of Gazakh and the Armenian town of Ijevan, at the international border.
ICRC delegates had visited the civilian prior to his repatriation in order to assess the conditions in which he was being held and the treatment he received. Representatives of the organization had also been in contact with his family in Armenia.
Acting as a neutral intermediary and in accordance with its mandate, the ICRC facilitated this repatriation in conjunction with the Azerbaijani and Armenian authorities. The internee had previously confirmed to the ICRC delegates that he was returning of his own will.
On the basis of its mandate under the Geneva Conventions, the ICRC has been working in the region since 1992 in connection with the Nagorny Karabakh conflict.
For further information, please contact:
Ilaha Huseynova, ICRC Baku, tel: +99450 316 00 24
Zara Amatuni, ICRC Yerevan, tel: +374 99 011 360
David-Pierre Marquet, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 25 02 or +41 79 536 92 48