"The number of appeals to the State Commission, as well as relevant government agencies to find our citizens missing in the First Karabakh War has increased after the great victory in the Patriotic War," head of the Working Group of the State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons, Ismayil Akhundov said in an interview with APA.
Mr. Akhundov said that these appeals began immediately after the signing of the tripartite statement: “By order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the State Commission has been preparing for the relevant work on the graves in the liberated territories from the first days. Taking into account the public interest, I would like to draw your attention to the fact that the situation in this area has been analyzed and a special team of specialists from relevant government agencies has been established on behalf of the country's leadership to search, exhume and identify corpses in the liberated areas.
The Special team includes Working group of the State Commission, Prosecutor General's Office, Military Prosecutor's Office, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Emergency Situations, State Security Service, State Service for Mobilization, State Border Service, Mine Action Agency and Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences specialists."
Head of the Working Group noted that the main task of this team is to conduct search operations, identify graves, exhumation, and identification on the basis of information collected in the State Commission and to be obtained in the future: “On the instructions of the Chairman of the State Commission, Mr. Ali Nagiyev, the application of the most modern technologies for search operations is also envisaged. For this purpose, preparations are being made for the use of appropriate drone technology already available in the world. By the order of the chairman of the State Commission, this technology has already been purchased and brought to Azerbaijan."