Baku Appeals to Minsk Group for Return of Captured Commandos

Azeri President Ilham Aliyev in a meeting with the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group in Baku

BAKU—Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev has urged the OSCE Minsk Group of mediators to pressure Armenia into releasing Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev, two Azeri commandos who were caught making an incursion into Armenian territory, in the course of which they killed one Armenian teenager. Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov disclosed Aliyev’s request to Azeri news agency APA.

The minister said that the president discussed the issue at a meeting with the Minsk Group co-chairs and demanded them to take serious steps to fulfill his request.

“The International Committee of the Red Cross is currently dealing with this issue. We are in touch with them and hope for a positive result in the coming days,” Mammadyarov said.

Azeri commandos Shahbaz Guliyev and Dilham Askerov entered Karvachar in the summer. The third commando, Hasan Hasanov, was killed, and his body was handed over to Baku earlier this month.

The actions of the commando group left an underage resident of Karvachar and an Armenian serviceman killed, as well as one woman wounded.

Azerbaijan continues to insist that members of the group had “arrived” in Nagorno Karabakh to visit the graves of their relatives.

Mammadyarov said, “Azerbaijan is anticipating a serious progress from the presidents’ trilateral meeting to take place in Paris in late October.”

The minister said Azerbaijan is willing to start developing a peace treaty on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict without delay, adding that the co-chairs put forth some structural proposals covering a number of issues.

The Minsk Group’s U.S. Co-Chairman James Warlick was unable to visit Azerbaijan, the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan said.

“Ambassador Warlick had planned to travel to the region this week as part of a Minsk Group Co-Chair official visit, but due to a personal matter he was not able to make the trip. The U.S. side was nonetheless represented in meetings with the government of Azerbaijan. He has every expectation that the visit of his colleagues will be productive, and he is looking forward to the upcoming meeting of the Presidents in Paris,” the Embassy said in a statement.


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  1. Areg said:

    Oh yes! These bastards are coming into Armenia to visit the graves of their relatives. This is laughable.

    These savage Azerbaijani Turks murder are people who cross the border and mutilate their bodies before sending their body to Armenia.

    America, keep arming these animal Genocidal Turkey and Azerbaijan. You are taking the right path of politics and if you have any sensible political path.

    Russia, keep arming these aniamal and savage Turkey and Azerbaijan. You are an idiot like United States.

    Azerbaijan and Turkey can kiss off Artsakh( Nagarno Garabagh) for good. Armenians will not give an inch of their Holy land to these savages. OSCE can pack up and go home, they are bunch of idiots also, they are not needed.

    And to all Armenians who still think that Turkey has changed for better, I have a message to tell: The barbarian Turk has only changed her clothing and wears an European clothing, but inside, and I want to remind you again and again, that inside she remains the same blood thirsty Turk.

    And to America and Russia and all civilized world there is only one message to give: Dump Turkey, Dump Pan Turkism; otherwise, she will come and bite you.

  2. Alexander said:

    LOL! “Mammadyarov said, “Azerbaijan is anticipating a serious progress from the presidents’ trilateral meeting to take place in Paris in late October.””
    That line made me laugh so hard. Do they really think Armenians believe this. Sultan Aliev and his entourage are only worried about staying in power long enough to steal all the oil money, and US and EU will allow this to happen as long the money ends up in their banking systems. Then the West will stage a coup and freeze the assets and steal it from him, aka Libya. I love that scenario because Azeri’s will suffer from this.

  3. Norin said:

    The OSCE, Minsks group, France, US, Russia, and every other entity on this planet cannot and will not dictate to Armenia how it should conduct it’s criminal penal code. These me whether they came to visit a grave, or to molest sheep on Armenian sovereign ground have violated Armenia law. They have killed, maimed, and assaulted citizens of Armenia, and no one that was “merely visiting” would do these things. They were part of a criminal military group that got caught, simple as that.

    Armenia WILL keep these men in custody so that they can be sentenced, and their punishment will be implemented in accordance to Armenian laws. That baboon Aliyev and his clowns can go fly a kite, no Azeri releases until they serve their punishment for the crimes they committed.

    The international community better lay off this matter unless they want to push 7 million Armenians in the Diaspora back into extremism during which we will hunt down every Turk and Azeri that sets foot off of their own soil like we did in the 70’s and 80’s.

    Ramil Safarof’s incident and Hungary’s subsequent whorish behavior is still fresh in every Armenians mind. And Savarof is not off the hook yet. We, the Armenian people, will find him one day and he will pay for his crimes.

  4. edward demian said:

    What intrigues me all along, is that all these huge Democracies, US , England, France, Germany, etc., want the Democratic Republic of Artack to submit to a Dictator and a genocidal Dictatorship.