“Changing Azerbaijani hostages with Armenian diversants is on the agenda” – Ahmad Shahidov

On July 15, Armenia’s intelligence-diversant group attempted to cross the line of contact between the Azerbaijan and Armenia in the direction of Gazakh region.

According to the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan, the provocation attempt of the enemy was prevented and one of the members of the diversant group, who was forced to retreat, was taken hostage. The captured person is Karen Kazarian, born in 1984. The Azerbaijani army units did not cause casualties during the incident.

Minister of Defense of Armenia, as well as the Head of the Interdepartmental Commission on Prisoners of War and Hostages David Tonoyan appealed to the Yerevan Office of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for organizing the return of Karen Kazarian right after the incident.

There is a second Armenian diversant in Azerbaijan. It should be noted that on December 26, 2014, Arsen Bagdasaryan was arrested by the Azerbaijani army on the contact line of the troops. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison under the verdict. He acknowledged that he had committed a crime against Azerbaijan by the order of former Minister of Defense of Armenia Seyran Ohanyan.

Can Azerbaijani hostages Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev be changed with Armenian diversants Arsen Bagdasaryan and the newly captured Karen Kazarian? Head of the Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights Dr. Ahmad Shahidov spoke to ARB 24 TV on this issue and said that this issue is on the agenda today: “Accounts are equal. Now it is possible to start negotiations on the changing of Azerbaijani civilian hostages Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev with two Armenian military intelligence diversants Arsen Bagdasaryan and Karen Kazarian. I think the Armenian side should be interested in this issue first of all. Because Dilgam and Shahbaz are old civilians. But Arsen and Karen are young and professional military intelligence agents. The call of the Azerbaijani side to change the prisoners a few months ago is still relevant today. I think that the new Armenian government will think more pragmatic on this issue and will adequately respond to the change of prisoners. I believe that this issue will be solved in the near future.”

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