Armenia and Azerbaijan exchange the bodies of their troops after the ceasefire | Asia


Azerbaijan and Armenia have exchanged 200 bodies of those killed in fighting in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, Russian state media reported on Tuesday citing the Red Cross.The bodies were exchanged in the presence of Russian peacekeeping troops, according to the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer.

A Red Cross spokesperson responsible for the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict did not confirm the number of bodies exchanged, but said the process began last week.

More than 1,000 people have been killed in the six-week outbreak between Azerbaijan and neighboring Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Dozens of civilians are among the victims, on both sides, and hundreds of soldiers supported by Armenia. Azerbaijan has yet to release its military record.

Nagorno-Karabakh is located in Azerbaijan but has been dominated by ethnic Armenians for years.

Azerbaijan made significant territorial gains during its military offensive in the region, which began in late September.

Armenia has agreed to cede parts of the region to Azerbaijan as part of a peace agreement reached last week between the two sides and the Russian regional power.

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan – a close ally of Azerbaijan – on Monday sent a motion to the Turkish parliament to deploy troops to Azerbaijan to monitor the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, the agency said. Turkish Press Anadolu.

In Armenia, as Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan is under pressure and anger mounts over his acceptance of the peace deal, President Armen Sarkisian, largely a leading figure, has called for early parliamentary elections.

“Considering the current situation and the imperative to overcome it with dignity, also listening to the demand of the public, it is obvious that to prevent the country from shaking, early elections to the National Assembly will be inevitable.”

Aliyev: Azerbaijan is a unified country

As the Armenians mourn their losses, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and his wife, First Vice President Mehriban Aliyeva, visited the region.

Enthusiastic crowds greeted Aliyev and Aliyeva as they traveled to Jebrayil and Fizuli districts on Monday, sporting military fatigues, pictures and videos released by the Azerbaijani presidency on Tuesday.

” There will not be [autonomous] statute of Karabakh. Azerbaijan is a unified country, ”Aliyev said as he drove an Azerbaijani armored car AzerKan through the roads of Fizuli district.

Holding hands, the couple took photos against the backdrop of the medieval Khudaferin Bridge on the country’s border with Iran, under the control of ethnic Armenians for nearly 30 years.

The Armenians “have destroyed everything here and will answer for it in international courts,” Aliyev said, pointing to the panorama of the ruined city of Jebrayil.

“Look what the evil enemy has done to the town of Jebrayil. Their aim was that Azerbaijanis never come back here. But we will live here. We are back on our homeland. “


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