Hands of servicemen, Nagorno-Karabakh, October 2020. Photo:Фото: REUTERS/Stringer

14 November 2020, 18:41

Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh exchange casualties' bodies

The militaries of Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh have collected the bodies of the servicemen who perished in battles near the city of Shusha and have exchanged them, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defence (MoD) has reported today.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that Russian peacemakers, following the concluded tripartite agreement on ceasefire in the conflict zone, have taken control over the Lachin corridor connecting Karabakh with Armenia, by setting up temporary posts there. On November 12, the peacemaking battalion of the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) took control of Stepanakert; 10 observation posts were set up along the contact line.

On November 10, an agreement between Russia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia on the cessation of the hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh came into force. According to the agreement, Azerbaijan takes over the territories of Nagorno-Karabakh captured during the hostilities and gets the so-called "Security Belt", that is, returns the territories of five districts adjacent to Karabakh.

The "Caucasian Knot" has drafted a map to show the territories that will pass over to Azerbaijan after the autumn war. Also, the "Caucasian Knot" has published a deployment map of the Russian peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh.

The Azerbaijani party has handed the bodies of the soldiers who perished on the battlefield near the city of Shushi over to the authorities of Nagorno-Karabakh. The collection of bodies and their transfer were carried out with the participation of Russian peacemakers, the Azerbaijani MoD has stated. "Also, within the framework of this action, the bodies of six servicemen of the Azerbaijani Army who perished in battles around Shusha were received," the MoD said in its message sent today to the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent.

The MoD has noted that the humanitarian action was held as a part of the ceasefire agreement.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on November 14, 2020 at 11:35 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Faik Medzhid Source: CK correspondent

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