SECRETARY OF AZERBAIJAN STATE COMMISSION: "OUR CAPTIVES ARE FORCED TO STAY IN ARMENIA"

APA
April 29 2009
Azerbaijan

Baku. Kamala Guliyeva - APA. "State Commission on Prisoners of War,
Hostages and Missing Persons together with the International Committee
of the Red Cross continues taking measures to release Armenian-captured
Azerbaijani soldier Rafig Hasanov," secretary of the State Commission
Shahin Sailov said, APA reports.

He said Armenian media reports that Hasanov did not want to return
to Azerbaijan were not true.

"Since the establishment of the commission, we observe that if a
captive does not want to return to his motherland, he tells mass media
about it within next three, or ten days. Within the past half year
our captives are held in Armenia for a long time. A few months, or
even half a year later - reports spread on the internet and newspapers
that the captive does not want to return to Azerbaijan. According to
the international legal norms, a man has the right to live anywhere
he wants. A man captured in Azerbaijan, or Armenia is not deprived of
this right, either. But it should be done in a civil way, basing on
the international legal norms. Our captives are made say such words
after a long time. We can say that our captives are forced to stay
in Armenia," he said.

Sailov said according to the recent reports of the commission, Rafig
Hasanov feels normal. He has neither psychological, nor physical
health problems.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress