Azerbaijan Sends Remaining Four Armenian POWs Home

BAKU (Reuters)–The last four Armenian prisoners-of-war left Azerbaijan early on Thursday with a representative for the OSCE–which has been mediating talks between the two countries over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Dressed in clean clothes–the POWs–who had been captured at different times along the cease-fire line between Armenia and Azerbaijan–said they had been treated well by the Azeris.

"I’m happy to be going home–I can’t even believe it’s true," Apyet Danoyan told Reuters before he boarded the aircraft at 10:10 bound for Yerevan.

Last week Armenia returned three Azeri POWs as a gesture of goodwill with Knut Vollebaek–the acting president of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Azeri President Haydar Aliyev said another 12 Azeri POWs remained in Armenia.

Aliyev asked Vollebaek to come up with a new proposal agreeable to both sides in time for the OSCE Istanbul summit this autumn when the two presidents are due to meet again.


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