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If Azerbaijan decides that is appropriate, it may allow Armenians to take and bury the bodies of Armenian pilots of helicopter shot by Azerbaijan, said Firudin Sadigov, the head of the Working Group of the State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons, Armenian News - NEWS.am reports.

According to APA, Sadigov noted that “the bodies [of Armenians] are left there, and neither side can take them.” Armenians beg the OSCE envoy Andrzej Kasprzyk for help with this issue, but he has no such authority, Firudin Sadigov added.

The Azerbaijani armed forces violated the ceasefire and shot down a Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Air Force helicopter on Wednesday. The chopper was downed during a training flight, and it crashed nearby the Karabakh-Azerbaijan line of contact. As a result, three pilots are believed to have been killed: the commander of the helicopter, Major Sergey Sahakyan, the Senior Lieutenant Sargis Nazaryan, and the Lieutenant Azat Sahakyan. Information was disseminated some time thereafter, however, that a member of the helicopter crew may still be alive. The adversary, on the other hand, continues to fire intensive shots toward the crash site, thus, not allowing the Armenian side access to the area.

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