Armenian PM, ICRC delegation discuss the search for the missing, work done to ensure return of PoWs

Posted on November. 29. 2020

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan received representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) led by the head of the ICRC delegation to Armenia Claire Meytraud.

The Prime Minister expressed concern over the scope of work to be done to ensure the return of the captives and the search for the missing and bodies of the dead. Nikol Pashinyan stressed the need to increase the ICRC’s resources, including human resources, and noted that the Government of the Republic of Armenia is ready to make every effort to promote the most effective and rapid implementation of the above-mentioned work. The Prime Minister noted the need for the ICRC to provide regular information on the condition, health and detention conditions of detainees.

Claire Meytraud briefed the Prime Minister on the progress of their work, provided information on meetings with Armenian captives. The head of the ICRC delegation in Armenia expressed satisfaction with the cooperation of the Nagorno Karabakh authorities with the Russian peacekeepers, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Ministry of Defense of Armenia.

At the same time, Ms. Meytraud especially emphasized the importance of the map provided by the RA Ministry of Defense with the markings of specific places, which increases the efficiency of the search. She cited the existence of mined areas as well as bad weather conditions as an obstacle to speeding up the search.

During the meeting the interlocutors discussed a number of issues related to the effective cooperation on the above-mentioned issues, the process of work on the exchange of prisoners.

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