POW’s Freed in Azerbaijan Have No Relation to Karabakh Conflict

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–An exchange of Azeri and Armenian POW’s–which took place last Saturday through the mediation of the International Committee of the Red Cross–resulted in the release of 10 prisoners–six Armenia’s and four Azeris. However–according to an ICRC report–the detainees released in Azerbaijan had nothing to do with the Karabakh conflict.

The Armenian side released four POW’s–including two individuals charged with sabotage.

The Azeri side released six persons who have no relation to the Karabakh conflict. Two of the detainees were women–one was a man kidnapped in Turkey–one a mentally ill individual–and the rest were arrested under unknown circumstances.

A meeting of border commissioners–Colonel-Lieutenants Cholgntsian (Armenia) and Shoukiurov (Azerbaijan) took place Thursday at the initiative of the Armenian side. The Armenian side demanded that the Azeri side should return Armenian soldiers who lost their way and came on Azeri territory. The sides also discussed problems of security during spring field works.

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