By Siranuysh Gevorgyan

29.06.11 | 14:29

Ruben Hovhannisyan, Anahit Martirosyan, Manvel Yeghiazaryan (left
to right)

At a press conference on June 29, the day that in Armenia commemorates
the Karabakh war soldiers missing in action, commander of the renowned
Arabo detachment Manvel Yeghiazaryan asserted that the search for
the 400 people who are presumed missing from the Armenian side is of
a formal nature and produces no results.

The Arabo detachment that was part of the famous Artsiv (Eagle)
military unit is also known for the fact that on June 27, 1992, its
and other detachments' 79 members who had found themselves encircled
by Azeri forces went missing in battles near the village of Hasan
Ghaya in Karabakh (the village today is in the neutral zone).

In May 2008 a video footage appeared on the internet showing the faces
of soldiers killed in one of those battles. Yeghiazaryan confirms
that among those killed were also his comrades-in-arms. There is also
information that Azeris bulldozed the ground where the bodies of
killed Armenian soldiers were. The day after that Arabo detachment
members managed to recover three of the killed, then they had to
retreat. The bodies of those not found have not been handed over to
their families till today.

"I have information that the authorities, the Defense Ministry have
been doing everything possible to bring the bodies of the killed
soldiers to Armenia, but Azerbaijan wouldn't even agree to hand over
the dead bodies," said Yeghiazaryan.

"These guys sacrificed their lives, but they haven't been given
even a medal. There are people who attach medals to their backs,
because there is no more room left on their chests, but these guys
until today haven't been given even a medal of Artsakh," complains
another member of the detachment, Ruben Hovhannisyan.

In an interview with ArmeniaNow Hovhannisyan expressed an opinion
that what had happened to members of the Arabr detachment was the
result of treason, because, he said, the Azeris who had encircled
the soldiers knew that members of the legendary squad would be there.