According to a report by ITAR on the 11th, experts from a UN working group in Geneva pointed out in a statement on Wednesday that all parties to the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh (Naka) area must withdraw all mercenaries and no longer recruit. they.
Experts from the UN Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries to Violate Human Rights and Obstruct the Exercise of the Right to Self-Determination of Nations pointed out, “We urge all parties to the conflict and the countries that support them to immediately withdraw all mercenaries and related combatants, and refrain from further recruitment. , Funding and deployment of mercenaries.” These experts welcome the November 9 agreement on a complete ceasefire and cessation of military operations in the Naqa region, hoping that this will bring sustainable peace to the region.
The statement stated that the UN working group had noticed reports that, “Azerbaijan, with the help of Turkey, relies on Syrian militants to support its military operations in the Naka conflict area, including the frontline. Considering the severe situation in Syria, these militants Participating in the conflict in the Naka region seems to be out of self-interest. According to reports, if they die in the conflict, their relatives will receive financial compensation and Turkish citizenship.”
The experts also noted that the existing news said that “Turkey is involved in the large-scale recruitment and transport of Syrian men to Azerbaijan.” What worries the experts is that there are reports that Syrian militants deployed in Azerbaijan are related to “ The armed groups and individuals who have been accused of committing war crimes and serious human rights violations during the Syrian conflict have been linked.”
Experts from the UN Working Group also received “messages indicating Armenia’s participation in the deployment of foreign citizens to fight in the Naka region.” They are currently reviewing this information to determine whether it “may be related to mercenary activities.”