Official Baku Agrees to Exchange POW with Armenia
Azerbaijan, Baku / Тrend corr K. Ramazanova / Official Baku did not refuse to exchange WOP with Armenian, Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister, Araz Azimov, said in Baku on 7 August.
At present the Armenian side has two Azerbaijani captives. One of them is a soldier, Samir Mammadov, another is a civilian.
Last week a soldier of Armenian Army, Anbartsum Minakovich Asaturyan got captured by Azerbaijani side.
Azimov believes Azerbaijani captives should be returned by all means. He stated that exchange is a normal way of returning of captives.
The conflict between the two countries of South Caucasus began in 1988 due to territorial claims by Armenia against Azerbaijan. Armenia has occupied 20% of the Azerbaijani land including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven surrounding Districts. Since 1992, these territories have been under the occupation of the Armenian Forces. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement at which time the active hostilities ended. The Co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France and USA) are currently holding peaceful negotiations.