Azerbaijan and Armenia exchanged prisoners of war at the border

As part of a humanitarian operation, Azerbaijan and Armenia conducted an exchange of 32 Armenian and two Azerbaijani military personnel

Nikol Pashinyan and Ilham Aliyev
Nikol Pashinyan and Ilham Aliyev /

On Wednesday, a prisoner exchange took place at the border between Azerbaijan and Armenia. The Azerbaijani state commission dealing with prisoners of war and missing persons confirmed this information. During the exchange, Baku handed over 32 Armenian soldiers to Yerevan, and in return, Armenia released two Azerbaijani soldiers, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

This decision was made on December 7, after negotiations between the office of the President of Azerbaijan and the office of the Prime Minister of Armenia. Both sides acted on the basis of humanitarian principles and mutual trust.

Before the exchange, the detained Armenian soldiers underwent a medical examination by the International Committee of the Red Cross, which confirmed their satisfactory health condition. On December 13, 2023, the exchange of military personnel successfully took place at the Azerbaijani-Armenian border section passing through the Gazakh district, without any incidents.

The Prime Minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, confirmed the return of 32 Armenian servicemen to their homeland. Among them, 31 soldiers captured between 2020 and 2023, and one soldier captured in Nagorno-Karabakh in September. The Prime Minister reported that the returned soldiers will undergo medical examination and will soon meet with their families. He also published a list of the freed servicemen.

This exchange was made possible by an agreement reached between the governmental structures of both countries.


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