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ICRC Yerevan Office holds negotiations to organize a meeting with Azeris detained in Armenian territory

  • by Marianna Mkrtchyan

  • Monday, July 21, 17:51

The Yerevan Office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is holding negotiations to organize a meeting with the Azerbaijani citizens detained in the Armenian territory, Zara Amatuni, Head of Communication and Prevention Programmes at the ICRC Yerevan Office, has told ArmInfo.  

She says that the ICRC Yerevan Office is working within the scope of its mandate. The steps of the Office meet the Geneva Convention, she says. The ICRC Yerevan Office is doing everything possible to organize a meeting with the detainees, however, the mandate provides for no specific timeframe for a meeting and everything depends on a particular situation, Amatuni says.     

In the meantime, Amatuni refrains from commenting on official Azerbaijan's threats against the ICRC Baku Office, because it is beyond her competence.  

To remind, the Prosecutor General's Office of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic has brought criminal charges against the Azeri raiders detained near Karvachar in early July. The press service of the Office reports that two Azeris were detained while attempting to cross the border last week: Gulin Shahbaz Jalaloglu, who had a silenced Kalashnikov assault rifle, a Makarov pistol and two frag grenades, and Dilham Gardashhan, a Kalashnikov assault rifle and a Makarov pistol. The third Azeri showed resistance and was killed. Both Jalaloglu and Gardashhan have been arrested and are facing the charge of illegal crossing of state border. A special investigation group is inquiring into the case. The Armenian side also suffered losses:  Major Sargis Abrahamyan (born in 1972) was killed, a woman, Karina Davtyan (born in 1977) was wounded, and 17-year-old Smbat Tsakanyan was kidnapped and killed. 

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