February 26, 2021 - 15:48 AMT
Armenian envoy, U.S. Senator talk repatriation of Karabakh captives

Armenian Ambassador to the United States Varuzhan Nersesyan held a phone conversation with Senator Bob Menendez on Thursday, February 25, to discuss the issue of Armenian prisoners of war and civilians being held in Azerbaijan, the Embassy said in a Facebook post.

During the phone conversation, Nersesyan described the humanitarian crisis resulting from the Azerbaijani aggression in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) and stressed the importance of the involvement of the international community, including United States, to overcome the challenges.

Ambassador Nersesyan drew the Senator's attention to the issue of the Armenian prisoners of war, captured civilians, and both stressed the need to take necessary steps for their immediate repatriation.

At the request of the Senator, the diplomat presented the ongoing situation related to the domestic developments in Armenia.

The Ambassador also congratulated Senator Menendez on his election as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has said, meanwhile, that Baku has returned all Armenian prisoners of war to Yerevan, describing hundreds of Armenian captives being held in Baku as "terrorists and saboteurs". According to data provided by the Armenian side, at least 140 Karabakh prisoners of war are being kept in Azerbaijan.