ELMIRA SULEYMANOVA: INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS SHOULD NOT HAVE DOUBLE APPROACH TO THE RELEASE OF AZERBAIJANI CAPTIVE SAMIR MAMMADOV

Azeri Press Agency
Jan 7 2008
Azerbaijan

"The issue on release of Armenian's capturing Azerbaijani soldier
Samir Mammadov should be solved by international organizations.

Taking its influence into account, International Committee of Red
Cross should not have double approach to the problem," Ombudsman
Elmira Suleymanova told the APA

Azerbaijan is anxious about Samir Mammadov. Ombudsman stated that
they connected with his family continuously and gave information
about anxious of his family to ICRC.

"Holding captive Samir for more than a year, impeding his
correspondence with his family is against the international law
standards. ICRC is responsible for establishing connection with his
family but it does not fulfill its mission. Armenians said that he
does not want to write letter to his family. ICRC is obliged to take
letter from his family and give it to Samir. If Samir does not want
to take letter, let him write on the letter that "mother I do not
want to receive your letters". We can not believe it any way.

Telephone connection between captive and his family should be
ensured. We can achieve ICRC dealing with this problem only at the
result of public reproach. Any pressure is impossible.

Samir Nazim Mammadov was born in 1987 in Berde and captured by
Armenians on December 24 in 2006 in Balajeferli village of Gazakh.