Azerbaijan’s State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing People has told Trend that Armenia bears the responsibility for violation of the agreement on mutual repatriation of the killed servicemen’s bodies.
The State Commission said the latest developments prove that responsibility for the agreement’s violation lies on Armenia.
Speaking to Trend the State Commission added:
“The Armenian media reported on Apr. 16 that the dead body of an Azerbaijani serviceman was found. Immediately after this, Azerbaijan requested the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) to clarify the issue. On the same day, the ICRC reviewed the issue and confirmed the reports.
The sides reached an agreement to hand over the dead body of an Armenian soldier found on the territory controlled by Azerbaijani army and the body of an Azerbaijani soldier found by Armenians on the line of contact on Apr. 17. But on Apr. 16, the Armenian side told international organizations that they don’t have the body of the killed Azerbaijani serviceman, adding that allegedly, they were mistaken.
Given that it is possible to distinguish the dead body of an Azerbaijani from that of Armenian in several seconds, it is unclear why the Armenian side needed 12 hours for that.”
The State Commission said this shows that Armenians are planning to stage another provocation and it is an example of violation of the international humanitarian law.
On the night of April 2, 2016, all the frontier positions of Azerbaijan were subjected to heavy fire from the Armenian side, which used large-caliber weapons, mortars and grenade launchers.
The armed clashes resulted in deaths and injuries among the Azerbaijani population. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-attack, which led to liberation of several strategic heights and settlements.
Military operations were stopped on the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian armies on Apr. 5 at 12:00 (UTC/GMT + 4 hours) with the consent of the sides, Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry earlier said. Ignoring the agreement, the Armenian side again started violating the ceasefire.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.