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Council of Europe Secretary General urges return of the corpse of Azerbaijani soldier

Baku, January 11, AZERTAC

Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland has urged the return of the corpse of the Azerbaijani soldier who was killed by the Armenian armed forces.

“The Council of Europe does not have a direct role in the negotiations, and always refers to, and supports the role of, the OSCE Minsk-Group," he said in a statement.

"However, we are concerned about the humanitarian aspects of the conflict. I am aware that the violations of the ceasefire on 29 December resulted in casualties, and that the Armenian Armed Forces are still holding the body of an Azerbaijani serviceman killed in the fighting." "I urge the parties to respect the ceasefire, and I fully support the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group’s call for the return, without delay, of human remains - in accordance with the agreements of the Astrakhan Summit of 2010 - bearing in mind the humanitarian nature of this issue,” Mr Jagland said.

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