Azerbaijan taking necessary measures to release its citizen detained by Armenia

Azerbaijan taking necessary measures to release its citizen detained by Armenia
# 02 February 2017 11:23 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan is taking the necessary measures in order to release its citizen Elnur Huseynzade (1995), who was detained by Armenian servicemen in the direction of Talish village on the line of contact between the two countries’ troops, the State Commission of Azerbaijan on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing People told APA on Thursday.

The State Commission said it had already informed all relevant international organizations about the incident.

Further information will be provided.

Earlier, the Armenian side said it had taken captive Azerbaijani soldier Elnur Huseynzade, whereas the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry refuted the claim, saying Elnur Huseynzade had been discharged from the army a while ago.

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict entered its modern phase when the Armenian SRR made territorial claims against the Azerbaijani SSR in 1988.

A fierce war broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. As a result of the war, Armenian armed forces occupied some 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory which includes Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts (Lachin, Kalbajar, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Gubadli and Zangilan), and over a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced people.

The military operations finally came to an end when Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in Bishkek in 1994.

Dealing with the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the OSCE Minsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the CSCE (OSCE after the Budapest summit held in Dec.1994) Ministerial Council in Helsinki on 24 March 1992. The Group’s members include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Belarus, Finland and Sweden.

Besides, the OSCE Minsk Group has a co-chairmanship institution, comprised of Russian, the US and French co-chairs, which began operating in 1996.

Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 of the UN Security Council, which were passed in short intervals in 1993, and other resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly, PACE, OSCE, OIC, and other organizations require Armenia to unconditionally withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.

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