YEREVAN (Yerkir)–Mountainous Karabagh Republic (MKR) Foreign Minister Georgi Petrossian met with the delegation of the International Working Group (IWG) for Search for the Missing–Hostages–and Release of Prisoners of War in the zone of the Karabagh conflict to discuss the current state and future of the ongoing search for the missing and their graves.
During the meeting–Petrossian noted that the MKR has continuously assisted IWG activities and is always open to cooperation–while Baku constantly refuses to contact the respective MKR state commission.
Petrossian said that politicization of the field is unacceptable and that MKR representatives should directly and actively participate in search for the missing–hostages–and the release of prisoners of war.
IWG members–which include co-chairs Bernhard Klazen (Germany) and Paat Zakareishvili (Georgia)–said they agreed with Petrossian about the openness of the Karabagh party and its assistance to the Group work.
Klazen said he regrets that former prisoners of war are still judged and persecuted in Azerbaijan. He said that the IWG will do its best to convince Baku to end that practice.
The meeting participants also noted that they support active cooperation of all interested parties in solving problems in that field.