Ma­dat Guliyev: Armenia de­lays res­o­lu­tion of Karabakh con­flict

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Ab­dul Ker­imkhanov

The res­o­lu­tion of the Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict is be­ing de­layed as a re­sult of the non-con­struc­tive po­si­tion of Armenia.

This was stated by Colonel Gen­eral Ma­dat Guliyev, head of the State Se­cu­rity Ser­vice (SSS), chair­man of the State Com­mis­sion for Pris­on­ers of War, Hostages and Miss­ing Cit­i­zens of Azer­bai­jan at a meet­ing ded­i­cated to the 25th an­niver­sary of the State Com­mis­sion on Novem­ber 1.

He noted that thanks to co­op­er­a­tion with in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, in par­tic­u­lar with the In­ter­na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Red Cross (ICRC), 1,480 pris­on­ers and hostages were re­leased, but ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion avail­able to the com­mis­sion, 871 Azer­bai­jani cit­i­zens are still among hostages and in cap­tiv­ity.

“Ac­cord­ing to the in­for­ma­tion, Ar­me­ni­ans tell pris­on­ers and hostages that they "fully oc­cu­pied Azer­bai­jan" and that "such a coun­try no longer ex­ists," to ex­ert psy­cho­log­i­cal pres­sure on them,” Guliyev said.

Nat­u­rally, Azer­bai­jan con­tin­ues to take nec­es­sary mea­sures to re­lease these peo­ple and those de­tained in the oc­cu­pied NagornoKarabakh re­gion Dil­gam As­garov, Shah­baz Guliyev and El­nur Huseyn­zade, he said.

“The is­sue of the re­lease of these peo­ple is at the cen­ter of the con­stant at­ten­tion of Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev, and the head of state al­ways brings this is­sue to the at­ten­tion of in­ter­na­tional struc­tures dur­ing the meet­ings and dis­cus­sions,” Guliyev added.

He stressed that de­spite the ICRC put forward a pro­posal to re­lease the in­di­vid­u­als reg­is­tered by the com­mit­tee who are hostages and in cap­tiv­ity, to trans­fer pris­on­ers and hostages to the par­ties [Azer­bai­jan and Armenia] as soon as pos­si­ble, Armenia did not ex­press its at­ti­tude to this hu­mane pro­posal, re­mains in­dif­fer­ent to the fate of the victims of the war and takes no steps forward,

In con­clu­sion, Guliyev added that the rea­son lies in the fact that from the very be­gin­ning of the con­flict, Armenia is try­ing to politi­cize the hu­man­i­tar­ian is­sue, and to rep­re­sent the sep­a­ratist regime in Nagorno-Karabakh as a party to the con­flict.

Ad­dress­ing the event, Deputy Chair­man of the Azer­bai­jani Par­lia­ment, mem­ber of the State Com­mis­sion of the Repub­lic of Azer­bai­jan on Pris­on­ers of War, Hostages and Miss­ing Per­sons Ba­har Mu­radova said Armenia ne­glects com­mit­ments un­der­taken at the in­ter­na­tional level.

She noted that Armenia com­mit­ted crimes against hu­man­ity and mankind.

"Crimes com­mit­ted by Armenia are not only against Azer­bai­ja­nis, but also against all mankind. Azer­bai­jan con­sis­tently re­veals the ag­gres­sive na­ture of Armenia to the world com­mu­nity. And we wit­ness that this does not cause a se­ri­ous con­cern of in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions," she said.

Mu­radova also un­der­lined that the pre­ven­tion of crimes against hu­man­ity and the pun­ish­ment of their per­pe­tra­tors are the com­mit­ments un­der­taken by the Azer­bai­jani state.

"The work car­ried out by the State Com­mis­sion over the past 25 years should be val­ued in this con­text," Mu­radova added.

Dil­gam As­garov and Shah­baz Guliyev have been kept hostage by Ar­me­nian mil­i­taries in the oc­cu­pied Nagorno-Karabakh re­gion of Azer­bai­jan for more than four years al­ready. They 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 armed forces killed the third Azer­bai­jani Hasan Hasanov.

Later, Guliyev and As­garov were judged il­le­gally by the un­rec­og­nized courts of the sep­a­ratist regime in the oc­cu­pied Nagorno-Karabakh. Fol­low­ing an ex­pe­dited “ju­di­cial process” in De­cem­ber 2015, As­garov was sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment and Guliyev – to 22 years in prison.

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.

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