"Shortly after the signing of the Tripartite Statement, the question of identifying the graves of the missing persons in the First Karabakh War, carrying out excavation and exhumation works came up," Ismayil Akhundov, secretary of the State Commission on Prisoners and Missing and Hostage Citizens, Head of the Working Group, said in an interview with APA.
"One point that I should mention in particular, is Armenia's statements in this field are more imitative in nature and aimed at forming a wrong opinion in the international community. During the past period, we have not witnessed any purposeful activity in the field of clarifying the further fate of the missing persons from Armenia in the first Karabakh war. It is known that all the persons who went missing in the First Karabakh War went missing in the territories occupied by Armenia and controlled by the armed forces of this country for 30 years. This means that the information about those persons is mostly on the side of Armenia. Even the Armenian officials do not deny it, they voiced opinions confirming it in their press statements," he said.
Mr. Akhundov noted that after the tripartite statement, they witnessed certain steps taken by the Armenian side in this field, but these cannot be considered adequate for finding the missing persons and performing the tasks ahead: "I can even say without hesitation that the technology of providing corpses by Armenia is an additional step in the field of their identification. causes difficulties. The remains should be exhumed according to the rules accepted in the world and should be packed and transported according to special rules. If these rules are not followed, it is impossible to achieve the result in many cases."
The Secretary of the State Commission emphasized that the other side handed over the mixed remains of 148 people in 67 body bags from February 2021 to December 2022 from the area currently under the temporary responsibility of the Russian peacekeeping contingent: "However, the investigations carried out by experts and As a result of the appropriate expert examinations, it was determined that the mixed corpses provided by the other side belong to 117 people."