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Diaspora organizations urge release of Azerbaijani hostages

25 July 2014 [16:35] - TODAY.AZ
By AzerNews

Azerbaijan's diaspora organizations has addressed to the European organizations in connection with taking hostage of Azerbaijani citizens by the Armenian armed forces in occupied Kalbajar region.

The European Azerbaijanis Congress (EAC) and the Coordination Center of Azerbaijanis in Germany (CCAG) sent an appeal to public, political and humanitarian organizations in Europe regarding taking hostage of Azerbaijani citizens Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev by the Armenian armed forces, the State Committee for Work with Diaspora said reported July 24.

The appeal said Asgarov and Guliyev taken hostage in their native lands by Armenian invaders are in grave condition.

Earlier, Armenian media reported that the Armenian forces, during an operation in the occupied Kalbajar region's Shaplar village, killed an Azerbaijani - Hasan Hasanov, and detained two other Azerbaijanis - Shahbaz Guliyev and Dilgam Asgarov.

EAC and CCAG urged international organizations not to remain indifferent to the fate of compatriots and demand to stop their torture by Armenian aggressors.

Along with the events in Kalbajar region, the appeal touched the issue of Armenia's occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions, and the bitter fate of more than one million refugees and internally displaced persons.

The appeal noted the inadmissibility of violating the most basic human rights, namely, the right to live in the Motherland and requires the restoration of this right.

Meanwhile, the families of Azerbaijani hostages have officially appealed to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Currently, the ICRC continues talks with the parties on this matter.

Armenia violated the international legal norms by taking hostage the Azerbaijani civilians as they didn't violate any border law between Armenia and Azerbaijan. They were on their own native Kalbajar region.

Armenia captured Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding districts from Azerbaijan in a war that followed the Soviet breakup in 1991. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and nearly 1 million were displaced as a result of the war.

Large-scale hostilities ended with a Russia-brokered ceasefire in 1994 but Armenia continued the occupation in defiance of four UN Security Council resolutions calling for immediate and unconditional withdrawal.

Peace talks mediated by Russia, France and the U.S. have produced no results so far.

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