Azerbaijan’s State Commission for Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons and Ministry of Defense have appealed to international organizations for returning the body of an Azerbaijani soldier, said the Commission in a message Nov. 25.
The message says that the body of the missing Azerbaijani serviceman, Bahruz Jalilbayli, was found on the contact line at the Armenia-Azerbaijan border in the direction of the Ordubad District of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, near the positions of the Armenian armed forces on Nov. 23.
Currently, the State Commission and the Ministry of Defense continue relevant measures on this issue. The public will be informed.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.