ArmInfo. Azerbaijan is trying to make the issue of returning prisoners a subject of bargaining, despite the direct contradiction of this policy to the Trilateral Statement of 9 November. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated this in an interview with Channel One.
He recalled that the statement clearly indicates the need to return not only prisoners of war, but also prisoners of war, hostages and other persons, and that all sorts of speculations around this issue are not appropriate. There are clear commitments to fulfill. And the commitments noted in this statement equally and share among themselves the three parties, and we are doing everything possible so that, as soon as possible, this issue would find its solution.
Answering the question why Armenia continues to adhere to the points of the Statement, while Azerbaijan violates it, in connection with which Armenia may suspend its obligations, Pashinyan noted that everything must be done so that the processes do not reach a dead end. And the Armenian side will continue to work on this agenda as long as it sees opportunities to solve the problem and come to concrete results.
He said that on this issue he is in constant contact with the President of Russia, and there are contacts between the representatives of Armenia and Azerbaijan and there is hope and confidence that this task will be solved. It is another matter in what time frame it will be possible to do this, because every minute is important here, and not every day is very difficult and important for our captured brothers, their families, difficult and important both for the government and for him personally. He noted that 69 prisoners have been returned to date and this work will be continued until the last person.