The US State Department urged on Tuesday to free all captives who were detained in the 2020 Karabakh war. The special statement was
“We call for the return of all remaining detainees, a full accounting of missing persons, the voluntary return of displaced persons to their homes, comprehensive humanitarian demining of conflict-affected areas, and access by international humanitarian organizations to those in need,” the statement reads.
The US officials expressed “deepest condolences” to those who were killed and injured during the war as the State Department planned to minimize the fallout of the conflicts.
“We urged Armenia and Azerbaijan to continue and intensify their engagement including under the auspices of the Minsk Group Co-Chairs to find comprehensive solutions,” the US State Department said.
The Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs also released a statement that is linked to the anniversary of the end of the war in Karabakh. The Armenian officials said that they ruled out the possibility of occupied Karabakh territory being part of Azerbaijan.
“As a result of the destructive 44-day aggression, significant territories of the Karabakh Republic (Republic of Artsakh), including the historical and cultural center - the city of Shushi, were occupied by Azerbaijan. During the hostilities, the Azerbaijani army committed numerous war crimes,” the Armenian side said.
Earlier, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev predicted Armenia's life with “the stigma of a defeated state.”
The Karabakh conflict escalated into full-scale war in 2020. The clashes were stopped with a Russian-brokered ceasefire agreement on November 10, in accordance with which Azerbaijan was reunited with some territories lost in the previous conflicts.