Azerbaijan hands over bodies of 1200 Armenian servicemen, says Hikmet Hajiyev

  26 January 2021    Read: 1212
 Azerbaijan hands over bodies of 1200 Armenian servicemen, says Hikmet Hajiyev

Azerbaijan supports "open dialogue and communication" with the peacekeeping contingent of the Russian Federation, said Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan, Head of Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration Hikmet Hajiyev at the meeting attended by Director of the Eurasian Center at the Atlantic Council and former US Ambassador to Ukraine, John Herbst, AzVision.az reports. 

"The representatives of the Russian peacekeeping contingent are "doing their job professionally", Hikmet Hajiyev noted. 

Azerbaijani President's Aide also stated that after the statement signed on November 9, 62 armed Armenians, who crossed the state border of Azerbaijan, aimed to attack Azerbaijani positions taking some equipment. 

"These people are not prisoners of war, they belong to another category of prisoners. Azerbaijan handed the bodies of about 1,200 Armenian servicemen over to the Armenian side", Hajiyev added. 

Note, Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars and artillery on Sept. 27. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front.

On November 10, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia signed an agreement to end six weeks of fierce fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Under the agreement, Russian peacekeepers were deployed along the front line in Nagorno-Karabakh and the corridor between the region and Armenia. A total of 1,960 Russian peacekeepers were deployed in Nagorno-Karabakh under a five-year mandate.

Also, according to the agreement, on 20 November, Armenia handed over the Aghdam region which lies to the east of Nagorno-Karabakh, to Azerbaijan. This followed on 25 November by the Kalbajar region to the northwest of Nagorno-Karabakh.

 


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