State Com­mis­sion: Azer­bai­jani hostages in Karabakh have health prob­lems

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Rashid Shiri­nov

Dil­gam As­garov and Shah­baz Guliyev, two Azer­bai­ja­nis who are kept hostages by Ar­me­nian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh, are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing health prob­lems, said El­dar Sa­madov, the deputy head of the work­ing group of Azer­bai­jan's State Com­mis­sion on Pris­on­ers of War, Hostages and Miss­ing Per­sons.

Sa­madov said that the State Com­mis­sion dis­cussed the is­sue [health state of the hostages] in de­tail with the in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions.

"Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the or­ga­ni­za­tions noted that they will con­duct the nec­es­sary mon­i­tor­ing on this is­sue, and even in­vite in­ter­na­tional doc­tors, who will check the health con­di­tion of the hostages," Sa­madov told Trend.

Sa­madov fur­ther said that the State Com­mis­sion continues to work to­wards the re­lease of the hostages.

As­garov and Guliyev were de­tained by the Ar­me­nian armed forces in July 2014 while vis­it­ing their na­tive places and graves of loved ones in the oc­cu­pied Azer­bai­jani Kal­ba­jar re­gion. More­over, Ar­me­nian forces killed the third Azer­bai­jani cit­i­zen Hasan Hasanov.

Later, Guliyev and As­garov were judged il­le­gally by the un­rec­og­nized courts of a sep­a­ratist regime in oc­cu­pied Nagorno-Karabakh. Fol­low­ing an ex­pe­dited “ju­di­cial process” in De­cem­ber 2015, As­garov was sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment and Guliyev to 22 years. At­tempts of Azer­bai­jan to pro­vide jus­tice and to free its cit­i­zens are still un­suc­cess­ful.

Mean­while, Shah­baz Guliyev’s brother Il­ham told Azvi­sion that the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the In­ter­na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will visit Dil­gam and Shah­baz in the near fu­ture.

He added that Shah­baz’s fam­ily has sent a let­ter to him with the help of the ICRC some days ago.

“They said that the let­ter will be handed over to him at the meet­ing and they will also de­liver his let­ter to us. Since then, we have re­ceived no in­for­ma­tion about my brother,” Guliyev said.

Azer­bai­jan’s State Com­mit­tee on Af­fairs of Refugees and IDPs, the State Com­mis­sion on Pris­on­ers of War, Hostages and Miss­ing Per­sons and other agen­cies have re­peat­edly urged in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing the ICRC, to as­sist in re­lease of Guliyev and As­garov, whilst the prob­lem re­mains top­i­cal yet.

Azer­bai­jan, whose over 4,000 cit­i­zens were taken cap­tive, hostage, or went miss­ing as a re­sult of the Nagorno-Karabakh war, has re­peat­edly de­clared its readi­ness to be­gin ne­go­ti­a­tions with Ar­me­nia to free the cap­tives and re­solve the long­stand­ing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

How­ever, the Ar­me­nian side keeps ig­nor­ing all at­tempts of Azer­bai­jan and in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, thereby dis­re­spect­ing the in­ter­na­tional law and hin­der­ing the set­tle­ment of the conflict.

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