Feb 07 2019 22:21
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As a result of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, about 4,500 people were reported missing. Over 3000 of them are registered by the ICRC Baku office, the rest by the Yerevan office and the Nagorno-Karabakh mission. This was reported at a meeting with journalists by head of the public relations department of the Azerbaijani representative of the ICRC Ilaha Huseynova. She noted that 80 percent of these people were military personnel. The Committee attaches great importance to the collection of information about missing persons during the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. For this purpose, over the last year, 2,770 saliva samples were taken from relatives of 775 citizens who gone missing. These samples were collected for the purpose of establishing the relationship of missing persons upon possible exhumation, that is, the extraction of corpses from the place of their burial in the future. In addition, 1,370 family members of missing persons were provided with psychological assistance, as well as assistance in carrying out funeral events. During the meeting with media representatives, Ilaha Huseynova noted that journalists should take a special responsibility when disseminating information about people of this category.

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