ICRC - International Committee of the Red Cross
July 30 2014

Armenia: ICRC regrets suspension of its work in support of civilians
in Chinari village

30-07-2014 News Release

The delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
in Armenia regrets that it has had to suspend its work in support of
civilians harvesting fields in Chinari village, Tavush Region, as a
result of a shooting incident that occurred on 26 July. In accordance
with its mandate to assist civilians adversely affected by armed
conflict, the ICRC had agreed to a request made by Chinari village to
be present as harvesters worked in fields situated at the
international border between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

No one was injured at the time of the shooting, but an ICRC vehicle
sustained minor damage. Prior to the incident, villagers had been able
to harvest four hectares in safety with the ICRC being present.

The ICRC's policy is to maintain a confidential dialogue with the
relevant authorities in order to address security concerns. The ICRC
therefore does not comment publicly on the specific circumstances of
incidents of this kind, or on who may have initiated the shooting.
Through this policy, the ICRC is able to engage with the authorities
in a manner that helps ensure that it can continue its work in behalf
of people suffering the effects of armed conflict.
The ICRC maintains its commitment to work in behalf of civilians
living close to the international border and will continue to carry
out other assistance activities in the border area.

For further information, please contact:

Zara Amatuni, ICRC Yerevan, tel: +374 99 011 360


From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress