Lithuanian MPs call on Azerbaijan to accelerate return of Armenian POWs

Lithuanian MPs call on Azerbaijan to accelerate return of Armenian POWs

PanARMENIAN.Net - Seimas (Lithuanian parliament) Group for Inter-Parliamentary Relations with Armenia is calling on Azerbaijan to accelerate the exchange of prisoners of war.

In a motion approved Monday, February 8, the Members of the Group for Inter-Parliamentary Relations with Armenia highlighted the Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on Nagorno-Karabakh, issued on 19 November 2020; the commitment by the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan made at the end of 2020 to exchange prisoners of war and other detainees on the basis of the ‘all for all’ principle; the appeal of the representative of the European External Action Service of 29 January 2021; as well as the statement by the Political Assembly of the European People’s Party of 1 February 2021,

The lawmakers said they "call on the Republic of Azerbaijan to accelerate the exchange of bodies of the killed, as well as the exchange of prisoners of war and hostages, to immediately end criminal proceedings against them and ensure their transfer to the Republic of Armenia."

"An unconditional and immediate return of prisoners will be one of the first steps towards the restoration of a trust-based atmosphere between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Armenia. We also call on the institutions of the European Union to raise this humanitarian issue consistently in the context of the current and future relations with the Republic of Azerbaijan," they added.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Russian and Azerbaijani Presidents Vladimir Putin and Ilham Aliyev on November 9 signed a statement to end the war in Karabakh after almost 45 days. Under the deal, the Armenian side has returned all the seven regions surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh, having lost a part of Karabakh itself in hostilities.

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