Azerbaijan to give one civilian to Armenian side
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 16 /Trend, K.Zarbaliyeva/
On March 17 at 14:00 in the Agdam region, the Azerbaijani side will give a citizen of Armenia Arthur Badalian to the Armenian side, and the Azerbaijani military Anar Hajiyev will be given to the Azerbaijani side, Secretary of Azerbaijan's State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons Shahin Sahilov told Trend on Wednesday.
On August 27, 2010, the Armenian armed forces captured Azerbaijani army sergeant Roman Huseinov, May 10, 2009 - junior sergeant Anar Hajiyev.
Sahilov said previously Azerbaijan shifted three Armenian soldiers to the third party at their request.
He said currently three Armenian soldiers and five civilians (family members) are in Azerbaijan.
Astrakhan hosted a trilateral meeting of the presidents of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, Armenia Serzh Sargsyan and Russia Dmitry Medvedev on Oct. 27. The parties signed a declaration envisaging the return of POWs.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.