British MP appeals to UK Minister for Europe about Azerbaijanis taken hostage by Armenian separatists

Baku: Chairman of the UK-Azerbaijan Interparliamentary Friendship Group, Christopher Pincher has sent a letter to UK Minister for Europe David Lidington, TEAS told APA.

The letter says: “Shahbaz Guliyev and Dilgam Asgarov were taken hostage by the Armenians in Shaplar village of Kalbajar region in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. They entered the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh that is allegedly considered as borderline by the Armenians, however not recognized either by Armenia or the United Nations, to visit the graves of their families. However, they were detained without legal protection and presented as “saboteurs” on Armenian TV channels.

They are charged with the death of one civilian and one serviceman. The Armenian forces announced that other Azerbaijani citizen Hasan Hasanov, who entered Nagorno-Karabakh to visit the graves of family members, was killed during the operations in Shaplar village.

I am sure you will agree that no civilian must be treated in this way for a desire of visiting his home. That is, they mustn’t be taken hostage or killed. These persons should be provided necessary assistance and consular service. I understand that there are more important problems to be solved in the region. However, I hope that you will understand the importance of this problem’s solution and returning the two persons to their native lands for Azerbaijan, the friendly country to Great Britain and where the conflict reignited again. On the issue of the killed Hasan Hasanov I hope that you will urge the Armenian government, the key figure in the Nagorno-Karabakh, to confirm the fact of his death, give his dead body back and take necessary steps to investigate the cause of his death.

I am waiting for your response and hope that the UK government will make every effort to resolve the issue as soon as possible”.

SOURCE: AZERI PRESS NEWS AGENCY