October 3, 2022 - 14:02 AMT
Azerbaijan promised but failed to release Armenian PoWs – top official

Azerbaijan promised to release the 17 Armenian prisoners of war captured during its latest military aggression against Armenia by September 30 but failed to keep its promise again, Secretary of the Security Council Armen Grigoryan said on Monday, October 3.

“On September 27, at the initiative of the US President Joe Biden’s National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, a trilateral meeting took place between me and Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan, Hikmet Hajiev,” Grigoryan wrote on social media.

“Based on a tripartite agreement reached during this meeting, Azerbaijan had to release 17 Armenian prisoners of war captured during the September aggression by September 30th. Let me make it clear that, once again, Azerbaijan has not fulfilled its commitments.”

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan took to Twitter to weigh in on the matter too: “The first case was in May, when a promise was made in Brussels, and the second time is now, when in Washington Azerbaijan committed to release 17 Armenian POWs until 9/30”

The latest round of fighting between the two countries began in the wee hours of September 13, when the Azerbaijani military attacked Armenian posts and shelled Armenian settlements both on the border and deep behind the frontline. More than 200 people are dead or missing as a result, the Security Council of Armenia said on Monday.