BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – The Assistant President of Azerbaijan Hikmat Hajiyev said on Thursday that Baku has delivered to Yerevan 30 bodies of officers and soldiers of the Armenian Armed Forces, in addition to two elderly citizens of Armenia.
“About 30 bodies of the Armenian army and armed forces’ officers remaining on the battlefield were handed over to the Armenian side, in addition to two elderly citizens of Armenia,” Hajiyev said at a press conference.
Hajiyev continued, “The handover took place today in the Karabakh-Tovuz region.”
Hajiyev claimed that the Armenian side did not initially express any desire to accept the bodies, and said:
“We greatly appreciate the efforts of the Russian Ministry of Defense and the Minister in person Sergei Shoigu. The Armenian side agreed to accept the bodies of the dead and support the Russian Federation’s initiative to open a humanitarian corridor.”
For its part, the Press Secretary of the Armenian Ministry of Defense Shushan Stepanyan said that the Armenian side is ready to deliver the bodies of Azerbaijani soldiers in Karabakh to Azerbaijan.
Stepanyan posted on Facebook: “The Armenian side, by adhering to the agreements reached within the framework of the humanitarian truce, expresses once again its readiness to transfer the bodies of Azerbaijani soldiers in Artsakh region to Azerbaijan, as well as exchange information on the exchange of more prisoners.”
The renewed military clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan began on September 27th.
The President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, approved the imposition of a state of war in a number of cities and regions of the republic and a curfew, and announced a partial mobilization.
Prior to this, the Armenian Cabinet declared a state of war and general mobilization in the country due to the events in Karabakh.