Yerevan Calls on ICRC to Secure POW Release

By Asbarez | Thursday, 09 September 2021

Armenia needs strong support from international partners to ensure the return of Armenian prisoners of war and civilians being held in Azerbaijan, Armenia’s Justice Minister Karen Andreasyan said during a meeting with the head of delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Armenia Thierry Ribo.

The Minister praised the ICRC mission during and after the 44-day war when Red Cross officials visited Armenian POWs and civilians held in Azerbaijan and arranged for them to contact their families.

The head of the ICRC delegation presented the activities carried out by the organization in the post-war period and touched upon other issues of mutual interest.

Andreasyan briefed Ribo on the Justice Ministry’s reform agenda, highlighting a program designed to rehabilitate Armenia’s penitentiary system, which aims to protect the rights of prisoners and improve the overall management of the sector.

During the meeting, the interlocutors stressed their readiness to further deepen the existing cooperation between the two institutions.