Guliyev, who is also the chairman of the Azerbaijan State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Citizens, made the remarks at a meeting of the commission in Baku on Nov. 1.
“Thanks to cooperation with international organizations, in particular with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), 1,480 prisoners and hostages were released,” he added. “But according to the ICRC’s information, 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," exert psychological pressure on them,” Guliyev said.
"Of course, Azerbaijan continues to take necessary measures to release these people and those detained in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region Dilgam Asgarov, Shahbaz Guliyev and Elnur Huseynzade,” he said.
“Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev focuses on the issue of the release of these people. During the meetings and discussions the president always brings this issue to the attention of international structures.”