Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Azerbaijan releases Armenian prisoners of war after EU talks

Azerbaijan released 10 Armenian prisoners of war Sunday following EU-hosted talks between Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

“Warmly welcome Baku’s release of 10 Armenian detainees in follow up to discussions with @azpresident and @NikolPashinyan,” tweeted Charles Michel, president of the European Council. “An important humanitarian gesture demonstrating the mutual will to strengthen confidence as discussed in Brussels.”

Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed on a ceasefire at their border last month, after Russia urged deescalation following a flareup in fighting. The November incidents represented the worst clashes since a 44-day war last year which resulted in significant military gains for Azerbaijan. 

Earlier this month, Azerbaijan handed over 10 Armenian soldiers in exchange for maps revealing the location of landmines in the Karabakh region, a deal mediated by Russia. A similar exchange was negotiated in June by the EU and United States.

The Azerbaijan State News Agency (AZERTAC) reported that Sunday’s move was a result of talks involving Aliyev, Pashinyan and Michel in Brussels last week.

A senior EU official said the plane transferring the prisoners to the Armenian capital of Yerevan was paid for by the EU. Toivo Klaar, the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus, was on the flight.

“Happy to have been able to repatriate 10 [Armenian] servicemen” Klaar wrote on Twitter. He added that the EU “will continue to work with both countries to build on the successful meetings” between Michel, Aliyev and Pashinyan.

You May Also Like

TOP news

Paul Sancya/AP On June 2, Delta will become the first US airline to pay its flight attendants for boarding time. Previously, flight attendants were...


The EU should play an active role in the upcoming U.S.-Russia talks over security concerns around Ukraine, the bloc’s top diplomat told German media...


Adeline van Houtte is the Economist Intelligence Unit’s lead analyst on Russia. It looks like Russia is at it again, after the unusual movement...

Health Care

Former President Donald Trump confirmed he had gotten a booster during a live show with Bill O’Reilly in Dallas on Sunday.

Сentral Tribune - Politic News