Armenia and Azerbaijan exchange detainees and critical information in diplomatic breakthrough

Global Voices
June 13 2021
· Global Voices

On Saturday, June 12, Azerbaijan released 15 Armenian detainees in exchange for maps showing locations of nearly 100,000 landmines that Armenian forces had planted in the territory that Azerbaijan retook in the last year’s bitter war between the two nations.

The deal was brokered by the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, acting Assistant Secretary of State Phil Reeker, European Council President Charles Michel, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

European Council President Charles Michel hailed the new agreement on Twitter:

The Azerbaijan Foreign Ministry also released a statement praising the agreement, saying that “Obtaining mine maps will save the lives and health of tens of thousands of our citizens, including demining workers, and accelerate the reconstruction projects initiated by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Ilham Aliyev, in Agdam and the return of IDPs.”

Confirming the new deal, Armenia's acting prime minister Nikol Pashinyan shared a photo of 15 Armenian detainees on his Facebook page, plus a full list of the names of soldiers, apologizing to families whose relatives have not yet returned.

· Global Voices

Following the end of the second Karabakh war fought between Armenia and Azerbaijan last year, the return of detainees and landmine maps were among the most critical issues discussed. The six weeks of fighting ended with a Moscow-brokered ceasefire on November 10, 2020, with Azerbaijan regaining control over some parts of Karabakh and seven adjacent districts previously occupied by Armenia.

Earlier this month, Azerbaijan reported the deaths of two journalists and one government official, and at least four people wounded as a result of a mine explosion. These incidents brought the death toll from land mines to 20.

Jeyhun Bayramov, Azerbaijan’s foreign minister, said he was “deeply saddened” at the news of the explosion and the reported casualties:

The number of Armenian prisoners of war and other detainees still in Azerbaijani custody remains unclear, as Azerbaijani authorities consider some of the detainees captives. Since the end of the war, some 69 POWs and other detainees have been turned over by Azerbaijan. On June 8, acting prime minister Pashinyan said he was ready to exchange his son for the remaining POWs.

Russian MFA spokesperson Maria Zakharova welcomed the new development on her Telegram channel, while Georgian Foreign Minister David Zakaliani said in a statement that diplomats in Tbilisi had been working on the deal for months.

Armenia and Azerbaijan exchange detainees and critical information in diplomatic breakthrough

Global Voices
June 13 2021
· Global Voices

On Saturday, June 12, Azerbaijan released 15 Armenian detainees in exchange for maps showing locations of nearly 100,000 landmines that Armenian forces had planted in the territory that Azerbaijan retook in the last year’s bitter war between the two nations.

The deal was brokered by the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, acting Assistant Secretary of State Phil Reeker, European Council President Charles Michel, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

European Council President Charles Michel hailed the new agreement on Twitter:

The Azerbaijan Foreign Ministry also released a statement praising the agreement, saying that “Obtaining mine maps will save the lives and health of tens of thousands of our citizens, including demining workers, and accelerate the reconstruction projects initiated by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Ilham Aliyev, in Agdam and the return of IDPs.”

Confirming the new deal, Armenia's acting prime minister Nikol Pashinyan shared a photo of 15 Armenian detainees on his Facebook page, plus a full list of the names of soldiers, apologizing to families whose relatives have not yet returned.

· Global Voices

Following the end of the second Karabakh war fought between Armenia and Azerbaijan last year, the return of detainees and landmine maps were among the most critical issues discussed. The six weeks of fighting ended with a Moscow-brokered ceasefire on November 10, 2020, with Azerbaijan regaining control over some parts of Karabakh and seven adjacent districts previously occupied by Armenia.

Earlier this month, Azerbaijan reported the deaths of two journalists and one government official, and at least four people wounded as a result of a mine explosion. These incidents brought the death toll from land mines to 20.

Jeyhun Bayramov, Azerbaijan’s foreign minister, said he was “deeply saddened” at the news of the explosion and the reported casualties:

The number of Armenian prisoners of war and other detainees still in Azerbaijani custody remains unclear, as Azerbaijani authorities consider some of the detainees captives. Since the end of the war, some 69 POWs and other detainees have been turned over by Azerbaijan. On June 8, acting prime minister Pashinyan said he was ready to exchange his son for the remaining POWs.

Russian MFA spokesperson Maria Zakharova welcomed the new development on her Telegram channel, while Georgian Foreign Minister David Zakaliani said in a statement that diplomats in Tbilisi had been working on the deal for months.

Iran ready to demine, rebuild liberated areas in Karabakh

Mehr News Agency, Iran
June 13 2021

TEHRAN, Jun. 13 (MNA) – Iranian Ambassador to Baku said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready for demining and rebuilding the liberated areas in the Karabakh region.

Seyyed Abbas Mousavi made the remarks on Sunday in his visit to the liberated city of Aghdam in the Republic of Azerbaijan and reiterated Iran’s readiness to demine and rebuild the liberated areas in Karabakh.

“We visited the liberated city of Aghdam along with the resident diplomatic staff and in the presence of Hikmet Hajiyev Foreign Policy Assistant to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan,” Mousavi tweeted.

In the reconstruction plan of Aghdam, a modern city with 100,000 inhabitants is predicted, which is a good opportunity for Iranian companies, he said, adding, “I announced that the Islamic Republic of Iran is fully prepared for demining and reconstructing these areas.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif recently visited Baku.

Referring to Iran's principled policy towards the Karabakh crisis since the 1990s, Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif emphasized respecting territorial integrity, observing rights of all people in the region and peaceful settlement of disputes between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia.

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Iran ready to demine, rebuild liberated areas in Karabakh

Mehr News Agency, Iran
June 13 2021

TEHRAN, Jun. 13 (MNA) – Iranian Ambassador to Baku said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready for demining and rebuilding the liberated areas in the Karabakh region.

Seyyed Abbas Mousavi made the remarks on Sunday in his visit to the liberated city of Aghdam in the Republic of Azerbaijan and reiterated Iran’s readiness to demine and rebuild the liberated areas in Karabakh.

“We visited the liberated city of Aghdam along with the resident diplomatic staff and in the presence of Hikmet Hajiyev Foreign Policy Assistant to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan,” Mousavi tweeted.

In the reconstruction plan of Aghdam, a modern city with 100,000 inhabitants is predicted, which is a good opportunity for Iranian companies, he said, adding, “I announced that the Islamic Republic of Iran is fully prepared for demining and reconstructing these areas.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif recently visited Baku.

Referring to Iran's principled policy towards the Karabakh crisis since the 1990s, Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif emphasized respecting territorial integrity, observing rights of all people in the region and peaceful settlement of disputes between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia.

MA/FNA14000323000811

Iran ready to demine, rebuild liberated areas in Karabakh

Mehr News Agency, Iran
June 13 2021

TEHRAN, Jun. 13 (MNA) – Iranian Ambassador to Baku said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready for demining and rebuilding the liberated areas in the Karabakh region.

Seyyed Abbas Mousavi made the remarks on Sunday in his visit to the liberated city of Aghdam in the Republic of Azerbaijan and reiterated Iran’s readiness to demine and rebuild the liberated areas in Karabakh.

“We visited the liberated city of Aghdam along with the resident diplomatic staff and in the presence of Hikmet Hajiyev Foreign Policy Assistant to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan,” Mousavi tweeted.

In the reconstruction plan of Aghdam, a modern city with 100,000 inhabitants is predicted, which is a good opportunity for Iranian companies, he said, adding, “I announced that the Islamic Republic of Iran is fully prepared for demining and reconstructing these areas.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif recently visited Baku.

Referring to Iran's principled policy towards the Karabakh crisis since the 1990s, Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif emphasized respecting territorial integrity, observing rights of all people in the region and peaceful settlement of disputes between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia.

MA/FNA14000323000811

Iran ready to demine, rebuild liberated areas in Karabakh

Mehr News Agency, Iran
June 13 2021

TEHRAN, Jun. 13 (MNA) – Iranian Ambassador to Baku said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready for demining and rebuilding the liberated areas in the Karabakh region.

Seyyed Abbas Mousavi made the remarks on Sunday in his visit to the liberated city of Aghdam in the Republic of Azerbaijan and reiterated Iran’s readiness to demine and rebuild the liberated areas in Karabakh.

“We visited the liberated city of Aghdam along with the resident diplomatic staff and in the presence of Hikmet Hajiyev Foreign Policy Assistant to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan,” Mousavi tweeted.

In the reconstruction plan of Aghdam, a modern city with 100,000 inhabitants is predicted, which is a good opportunity for Iranian companies, he said, adding, “I announced that the Islamic Republic of Iran is fully prepared for demining and reconstructing these areas.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif recently visited Baku.

Referring to Iran's principled policy towards the Karabakh crisis since the 1990s, Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif emphasized respecting territorial integrity, observing rights of all people in the region and peaceful settlement of disputes between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia.

MA/FNA14000323000811

Iran ready to demine, rebuild liberated areas in Karabakh

Mehr News Agency, Iran
June 13 2021

TEHRAN, Jun. 13 (MNA) – Iranian Ambassador to Baku said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready for demining and rebuilding the liberated areas in the Karabakh region.

Seyyed Abbas Mousavi made the remarks on Sunday in his visit to the liberated city of Aghdam in the Republic of Azerbaijan and reiterated Iran’s readiness to demine and rebuild the liberated areas in Karabakh.

“We visited the liberated city of Aghdam along with the resident diplomatic staff and in the presence of Hikmet Hajiyev Foreign Policy Assistant to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan,” Mousavi tweeted.

In the reconstruction plan of Aghdam, a modern city with 100,000 inhabitants is predicted, which is a good opportunity for Iranian companies, he said, adding, “I announced that the Islamic Republic of Iran is fully prepared for demining and reconstructing these areas.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif recently visited Baku.

Referring to Iran's principled policy towards the Karabakh crisis since the 1990s, Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif emphasized respecting territorial integrity, observing rights of all people in the region and peaceful settlement of disputes between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia.

MA/FNA14000323000811

Iran ready to demine, rebuild liberated areas in Karabakh

Mehr News Agency, Iran
June 13 2021

TEHRAN, Jun. 13 (MNA) – Iranian Ambassador to Baku said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready for demining and rebuilding the liberated areas in the Karabakh region.

Seyyed Abbas Mousavi made the remarks on Sunday in his visit to the liberated city of Aghdam in the Republic of Azerbaijan and reiterated Iran’s readiness to demine and rebuild the liberated areas in Karabakh.

“We visited the liberated city of Aghdam along with the resident diplomatic staff and in the presence of Hikmet Hajiyev Foreign Policy Assistant to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan,” Mousavi tweeted.

In the reconstruction plan of Aghdam, a modern city with 100,000 inhabitants is predicted, which is a good opportunity for Iranian companies, he said, adding, “I announced that the Islamic Republic of Iran is fully prepared for demining and reconstructing these areas.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif recently visited Baku.

Referring to Iran's principled policy towards the Karabakh crisis since the 1990s, Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif emphasized respecting territorial integrity, observing rights of all people in the region and peaceful settlement of disputes between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia.

MA/FNA14000323000811

Iran ready to demine, rebuild liberated areas in Karabakh

Mehr News Agency, Iran
June 13 2021

TEHRAN, Jun. 13 (MNA) – Iranian Ambassador to Baku said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready for demining and rebuilding the liberated areas in the Karabakh region.

Seyyed Abbas Mousavi made the remarks on Sunday in his visit to the liberated city of Aghdam in the Republic of Azerbaijan and reiterated Iran’s readiness to demine and rebuild the liberated areas in Karabakh.

“We visited the liberated city of Aghdam along with the resident diplomatic staff and in the presence of Hikmet Hajiyev Foreign Policy Assistant to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan,” Mousavi tweeted.

In the reconstruction plan of Aghdam, a modern city with 100,000 inhabitants is predicted, which is a good opportunity for Iranian companies, he said, adding, “I announced that the Islamic Republic of Iran is fully prepared for demining and reconstructing these areas.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif recently visited Baku.

Referring to Iran's principled policy towards the Karabakh crisis since the 1990s, Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif emphasized respecting territorial integrity, observing rights of all people in the region and peaceful settlement of disputes between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia.

MA/FNA14000323000811

Iran ready to demine, rebuild liberated areas in Karabakh

Mehr News Agency, Iran
June 13 2021

TEHRAN, Jun. 13 (MNA) – Iranian Ambassador to Baku said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready for demining and rebuilding the liberated areas in the Karabakh region.

Seyyed Abbas Mousavi made the remarks on Sunday in his visit to the liberated city of Aghdam in the Republic of Azerbaijan and reiterated Iran’s readiness to demine and rebuild the liberated areas in Karabakh.

“We visited the liberated city of Aghdam along with the resident diplomatic staff and in the presence of Hikmet Hajiyev Foreign Policy Assistant to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan,” Mousavi tweeted.

In the reconstruction plan of Aghdam, a modern city with 100,000 inhabitants is predicted, which is a good opportunity for Iranian companies, he said, adding, “I announced that the Islamic Republic of Iran is fully prepared for demining and reconstructing these areas.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif recently visited Baku.

Referring to Iran's principled policy towards the Karabakh crisis since the 1990s, Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif emphasized respecting territorial integrity, observing rights of all people in the region and peaceful settlement of disputes between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia.

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