265 Azerbaijani women went missing during Karabakh conflict - State Committee

  24 November 2017    Read: 1073
265 Azerbaijani women went missing during Karabakh conflict - State Committee

Some 1,440 people, including 278 women were released from captivity and hostages during the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Chairwoman of the State Committee of Azerbaijan for Family, Woman and Children Affairs Hijran Huseynova said at a conference on violence against women and girls on Friday, AzVision.az reports.

Huseynova noted, 265 Azerbaijani women went missing in the wake of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

“Some 98 women are still being kept as hostages by Armenia. We’re worried about their fate,” she added.

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 December 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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