Armenia ignores appeals to return Azerbaijani soldier’s body
Armenia leaves the appeals to return the body of the killed Azerbaijani serviceman unanswered, the State Commission of Azerbaijan on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing People told Trend Jan. 3.
“The authorities of Armenia refuse to reply to the insistent appeals of international structures regarding the return of the body of Azerbaijani Armed Forces soldier Chingiz Gurbanov,” the Commission said.
“Armenia, without giving any specific reasons and arguments, deliberately delays the return of the body under various pretexts,” the Commission said.
“Unfortunately, even the international mediators cannot do anything yet regarding such inhumane actions of Armenia,” the Commission said. “At the same time, we, for our part, continue efforts in this direction together with the state agencies and international organizations.”
A reconnaissance group of the Armenian Armed Forces tried to violate the Azerbaijan-Armenia state border on Dec. 29 morning. The Armenian group found itself in the ambush of the Azerbaijani army while violating the borders and suffered heavy losses.
Chingiz Gurbanov, a serviceman of Azerbaijani Armed Forces, went missing during the fight.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.