ICRC President: “We do our utmost for the conditions of detention of Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev to comply with the international standards”

ICRC President: “We do our utmost for the conditions of detention of Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev to comply with the international standards”
# 25 February 2015 08:41 (UTC +04:00)

Moscow. Farid Akbarov – APA. “We do our utmost for the conditions of detention of Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev to comply with the international standards”, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer said at a press conference in Moscow, APA's Moscow correspondent reports.

He said that the International Committee of the Red Cross tries to ensure establishing contact between the Azerbaijanis, being held hostage by Armenians, and their families, and the compliance of their detention conditions with the international standards. “The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has been going on for a long time. There is nothing I can say about the missing persons and hostages taken as a result of this conflict as well as the issue regarding Russian citizen Dilgam Asgarov and Azerbaijani citizen Shahbaz Guliyev. However, today if we don’t speak about the missing persons and hostages taken during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, it doesn’t mean that the International Committee of the Red Cross does not deal with this matter”, he said.

Peter Maurer avoided calling the Armenian side to release Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev.

Answering the question “the U.S. State Department has called the Armenian side to release Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev taken hostage in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. Can you appeal to Armenia with such a call by using your powers?”, Peter Maurer said: “I cannot call on the release of the Azerbaijanis being held hostage by Armenians. There are several reasons for this. First, one of the reasons for more than 100 years of activity of the International Committee of the Red Cross is confidentiality. We are holding secret talks regarding the return of the prisoners of war. Therefore, I can not say anything detailed about Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev”.

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