Vladimir Kazimirov Calls to Expedite Repatriation of Azeri POWs

Pan Armenian News


11.04.2005 04:03

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ On knowing about the three Azeri soldiers, who are
presently kept in Nagorno Karabakh, former OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair,
Ambassador Vladimir Kazimirov made a request to expedite their repatriation
with the assistance of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Echo
Azeri newspaper writes. In his words, he was told that Ruslan Bakirov,
Hikmet Tagiyev and Hayal Abdullayev are still under examination. It also
turned out that besides the norms of the international convention the
conflicting parties had agreed on the soonest repatriation of the POWs. `The
incidents at the contacts line resulted in causalities. Moreover, the Azeri
party did not bring the detainment of several Armenians (Aristokes
Martirosian, Gevorg Khlghatian and Eghia Humanian) to the notion of the ICRC
and kept them for about 2 months’, Kazimirov noted. He expressed hope that
the conflicting parties will abide by the commonly accepted international
norms. It is also known that OCSE Chairman-in-Office, Slovenian Foreign
Minister Dimitrij Pupel requested for sooner repatriation of the Azeri
soldiers. The exact date the repatriation will in many respects depend of
ICRC possibilities.