President Ilham Aliyev ensures release of Shahbaz Guliyev and Dilgam Askerov from Armenian captivity and bringing to Azerbaijan - PHOTO
- 14 December 2020
Adhering to the Tripartite Declaration signed by the President of the Russian Federation, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia on November 10, 2020, the obligations of the Azerbaijani side to ensure the rights of Armenian servicemen captured during the war performed consistently. Information about the captured Armenians was regularly provided to the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Russian Peacekeeping Forces, and some of them were unilaterally released. During their stay in Azerbaijan, these prisoners were provided with the necessary medical care and dignified treatment, provided with the opportunity to communicate with their families and other rights, the State Commission of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Captives, Missing and Hostages told, APA reports.
"We have also negotiations with the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Russian Peacekeeping Forces and other international organizations, taking all possible measures, focusing on the repatriation of Azerbaijani citizens to homeland who were captived or taken hostage during the war for various reasons.
As a result of negotiations held with the participation of international organizations and command of the Russian Peacekeeping Forces, an agreement was reached with Armenian side on the exchange of captives and hostages on the basis of the principle of "all for all" and the reciprocal exchange of captives and hostages began on 14 December this year.
In the afternoon, captives and hostages, including Shahbaz Guliyev and Dilgam Asgarov, who had been held hostage by Armenians since July 2014, were brought to Baku by plane. After the implementation of relevant quarantine measures, the released persons will be reunited with their families.
The Azerbaijani side will continue to fulfill its obligations to exchange captives, hostages and bodies, under the principles of humanism," said the Comitttee.