Azerbaijan releases 10 Armenian prisoners of war

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BAKU — Azerbaijan said Saturday it had freed 10 Armenian soldiers captured last month during fighting between the Caucasus arch foes.

After Russia-mediated talks, "Azerbaijan handed over 10 Armenian soldiers to the Armenian side", the Azeri security services said in a statement, without giving a date for their release.اضافة اعلان

Armenia in exchange passed on maps of mine fields it had planted in territory that Azerbaijan seized from it last year in the war for the Nagorno-Karabakh region, it said. 

The swap comes after Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliev and Armenia's Prime Minister Nikol Pachinian agreed to ease tensions last week at a rare meeting in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi.

It is the first concrete sign of a decrease in tensions between both sides since last month's fighting, which killed 13 people.

Those were the worst clashes along the shared border since a six-week war last year over Nagorno-Karabakh that claimed more than 6,500 lives.
At the end of that war, Armenia was forced to sign a humiliating Russian-brokered accord with Azerbaijan that saw it cede three districts around Karabakh that it had captured in the 1990s.

Ethnic Armenian separatists in Nagorno-Karabakh broke away from Azerbaijan as the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, and an ensuing conflict claimed around 30,000 lives.

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