Azerbaijani MFA: Armenia is obliged to provide information on location of mass graves

Azerbaijani MFA: Armenia is obliged to provide information on location of mass graves
# 08 February 2022 12:11 (UTC +04:00)

The statement dated February 7, 2022, of the Spokesman for the Armenian Foreign Ministry on Armenia's non-commitment on providing the Azerbaijani side with information on the location of our citizens missing in the First Armenian-Azerbaijani War and the mass graves where they were buried in exchange for the return of 8 servicemen of Armenian origin, should be assessed as the most extreme example of disrespect for the norms of international humanitarian law and the principle of humanism, APA reports citing the press service of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry.

"We remind the Armenian Foreign Ministry that in accordance with its obligations under the 1949 Geneva Convention and its relevant protocols and international humanitarian law as a whole, the Armenian side is obliged to provide the Azerbaijani side with information on the state of the civilian and military Azerbaijani citizens systematically killed by the armed forces and the location of their mass graves.

We would like to emphasize once again that humanitarian issues were one of the main ones on the agenda of the video conference held on February 4 at the initiative of the President of the French Republic with the participation of President Ilham Aliyev, President Emmanuel Macron, President of the European Council Charles Michel and Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan. In this regard, the President of Azerbaijan stressed the importance of informing about the fate of 3,890 Azerbaijani citizens, including 71 children, 267 women, and 326 elderly people, during the first Armenian-Azerbaijani war, and clarifying the location of mass graves where they were buried. This issue was supported by the Presidents of France and the Council of the European Union. The Armenian side, which bears responsibility for clarifying the fate of about 4,000 missing Azerbaijani citizens, has pledged to cooperate in this matter.

As a result of humanitarian steps taken by Azerbaijani side, in light of finding bodies of 1708 Armenian military servicemen and handing over them to opposing side, continuation of Armenia's policy of denial, based on international humanitarian law, as well as denying its commitments during the meeting held on February 4, 2022, completely goes beyond the moral-ethical and international legal framework.
In this regard, the Republic of Azerbaijan, which is committed to the principle of humanism, handing over military servicemen to Armenia, after relevant legal procedures ended, but again mass arrests and harassment of these servicemen by the Armenian state, is particularly surprising in the context of the state's “care” for its citizens.
We call on international community to exercise pressure on Armenian side, to act responsibly in clarifying the fate of missing Azerbaijani citizens, the bloody legacy of the First Armenian-Azerbaijani War and demand them to follow their commitments.

It should be noted that based on DNA samples taken by International Red Cross Commotee from family members of people went missing, DNA base of more than 3000 people had been set up.
Based on the information provided by Armenia, the fate of Azerbaijani citizens who went missing, about whom no information has been provided for about 30 years, can be clarified as a result of the remains to be removed from mass graves,” it was noted.