February 9, 2021 – 22:28 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net – Five more captives returned to Armenia from Azerbaijan on Tuesday, February 9, Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan’s office reports.
The plane carrying the prisoners of war landed in Yerevan’s Erebuni military airfield on Tuesday evening, with the families and friends of the captives waiting for them near the runway.
The return of the POWs was negotiated with Russia’s help, Avinyan’s office added.
Several dozen Armenian POWs have so far returned from Azerbaijan, although Armenian officials say many more people are being held in Baku. Dozens of others, both servicemen and civilians, have been captured after the completion of military hostilities. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has said in one of his speeches that the newly detained persons are not prisoners of war but “terrorists”. Human rights lawyer Siranush Sahakyan has said, meanwhile, that at least 120 Armenian prisoners of war are being held in Azerbaijan. Sahakyan represents the rights of some of the Karabakh POWs before the European Court of Human Rights. The lawyer said there is enough evidence proving the capture of said persons, which the Armenian side will submit to international agencies and courts.