By Vafa Ismayilova
Prosecutor-General Kamran Aliyev has said that the work is
underway to open unknown graves to identify Azerbaijani citizens
who went missing during the first Karabakh war in the early
He stressed that nearly 4,000 Azerbaijanis went missing during
the first Karabakh war.
"After the liberation of the territories from Armenian
occupation [in the 2020 Second Karabakh War], the remains were
found during excavation work. DNA tests were taken from the
relatives of the missing persons to identify the remains,” he
The prosecutor-general stressed that over 150 missing
Azerbaijanis have been identified so far.
Moreover, Aliyev noted that Armenia also participated in finding
the graves, but the main work was carried out by Azerbaijan.
"We cooperate in this direction with the structures of various
countries. The Russian Prosecutor-General's Office is negotiating
with Armenia in this direction," Aliyev said.
Some 4,000 Azerbaijanis are still missing, including 719
civilians, among them, 326 elderly, 267 women, and 71 children as a
result of Armenia's aggression. Their plight still remains
A Moscow-brokered ceasefire deal that Baku and Yerevan signed on
November 10 brought an end to 44 days of fighting between Armenia
and Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijani army declared a victory against the
Armenian troops. The signed agreement obliged Armenia to withdraw
its troops from the Azerbaijani lands that it has occupied since
the early 1990s.
It should be noted that on November 1, 2021, Baku hosted the
first meeting of the Council of Prosecutors-General of the
Cooperation Council of Turkic-speaking States (Turkic Council).
The meeting considered the importance of expanding mutual and
effective cooperation between law-enforcement agencies of the
Turkic world, addressing threats to regional security, peace, and
After the opening speeches, the statute of the Council of
Prosecutors-General of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-speaking
States was signed.
The high-level meeting was attended by the prosecutors-general
of Turkey, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, the Turkic
Council deputy secretary-general, the president of the
International Association of Prosecutors, and other
representatives. The meeting was also attended by the ambassadors
of the Turkic Council member countries and Hungary in
On October 3, 2009, at the 9th summit of the heads of the
Turkic-speaking States in Nakhchivan, a decision was made to create
the Council of Prosecutors within the framework of the Cooperation
Council of Turkic-speaking States.
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