Azerbaijan says Armenia’s leadership bears responsibility for latest diversion attempt

Azerbaijan says Armenia’s leadership bears responsibility for latest diversion attempt
# 30 December 2016 10:15 (UTC +04:00)

Armenia’s leadership bears all the responsibility for the diversion attempt launched by an Armenian reconnaissance group at Azerbaijan’s state border on Dec. 29, Azerbaijan’s State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing People told APA on Dec. 30.

The State Commission is implementing measures jointly with relevant international organizations to receive the body of Azerbaijani soldier Chingiz Gurbanov.

“The Armenians once again demonstrated the lack of respect for international humanitarian law by disseminating the photos of the dead body of the Azerbaijani soldier in the media and social networks and using abusive language against the Azerbaijani people and the dead serviceman,” the commission said.

“The Armenians attempted to abuse this unlucky incident to realize their dirty goals, showing their inhumane face,” the commission said, noting that Armenia’s actions are a flagrant violation of the Geneva Convention of 12 August 1949, joined by Armenia as well.

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, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The enemy suffered losses and had to retreat, according to the statement.

A soldier of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, Gurbanov Chingiz, went missing as a result of the Armenian provocation. Then, it was revealed that the Azerbaijani soldier was killed, and his body remained on the territory controlled by the enemy forces.

Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry has already appealed to the ICRC Azerbaijan Delegation, the OSCE Minsk Group, and the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk to receive the body of the fallen soldier.

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