Foreign Ministry: Yerevan is exposing its lies issuing absurd statements that there are not Azerbaijani POWs and hostages in Armenia and occupied territories

Foreign Ministry: Yerevan is exposing its lies issuing absurd statements that there are not Azerbaijani POWs and hostages in Armenia and occupied territories
# 10 August 2015 09:50 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hikmet Hajiyev told it APA while commenting on the statements issued at the event on the issue of prisoners of war, hostages and missing people with the participation of the leadership of the Defense Ministry and other government agencies. He said that exchange of views and cooperation on the issue of prisoners of war, hostages and missing persons between conflicting parties Azerbaijan and Armenia via the International Committee of the Red Cross was proposed at the meeting of the presidents that took place in Paris in late 2014. “The Azerbaijani side, having more than 4 000 citizens considered missing persons as a result of Armenian aggression and occupation, expressed readiness for this humanistic proposal. The facts that Azerbaijanis taken hostages by Armenia, as well as civilians underwent brutal torture, they were massively killed and buried in mass graves were documented basing on the testimonies of witnesses and investigation materials. Official Yerevan, issuing absurd statements that there are not Azerbaijani prisoners of war and hostages in Armenia and the occupied territories, is exposing its lies. Our compatriots Shahbaz Guliyev and Dilgam Asgarov's being kept as hostages is a clear evidence of it,” he said.

Hikmet Hajiyev noted that it’s enough to remind Armenia, suffering from institutional weakness of memory, the persons whose captivity were approved by the country in the late 90s and early 2000s. “We consider that under the pressure of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs and influence of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Shahbaz Guliyev and Dilgam Asgarov should be immediately released, mass graves in Armenia and the occupied territories should be opened and DNA database should be established basing on human remains. Through DNA analysis, the fates of people who went missing could have been defined and families who have been waiting for their close ones to be found could have been informed. Because of the inhumane policy pursued by the Armenian side these facts, each of which needs individual analysis, are impossible to investigate and Armenia—conscious of its legal international responsibility— are trying to inhibit the process with a variety of pretexts”.

Hikmet Hajiyev explained the legal responsibility Armenia carries for these actions, saying this responsibility is the one that is upon military or civil Armenian officials—as well as Armenia itself as a state—who carried out all these actions or order them.

“What’s loathsome is that these persons still hold high positions in the political and military administration and law enforcement agencies of Armenia. By committing these crimes, the Armenian state is considered to have flagrantly violated its commitment to the Geneva conventions, the international pact on civil and political rights, the international pact on economic, social and cultural rights, the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the Convention against Torture and the Convention on the protection of cultural property during armed conflicts, and other conventions. Using international legal mechanisms, Azerbaijan continues to work on defining the responsibility of the Armenian state and military or civil Armenian officials who committed these actions,” he said.

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