ArmInfo. At the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), one of the key topics discussed was the return of Armenian prisoners by Azerbaijan.
All the speaking MPs, with the exception of the parliamentarians of Turkey and Azerbaijan, called on official Baku to immediately return home the Armenian prisoners of war and other detainees. "We must appeal to Azerbaijan - let's not bargain, they were taken prisoner during the war, or after, they just need to be returned home. We need a truce, let's put an end to the vicious circle of war, "said one of the parliamentarians. All the speakers spoke about Azerbaijan's failure to comply with the requirements of the European Court of Human Rights, as well as violation of not only the statements of the parties, but also a number of important conventions, including Geneva, and international humanitarian law. The lawmakers called illegal any detention of persons after the end of hostilities, noting that this does not allow achieving trust between the parties to the conflict.
At the same time, they spoke about well-grounded fears associated with inhuman torture that degrades the dignity of a person to which Armenian prisoners are subjected.
The parliamentarians also raised the issue of protecting cultural heritage and demining territories.
The lawmaker from the "Prosperous Armenia" party Mikael Melkumyan spoke quite emotionally from the Armenian side. He asked the PACE members why the latter were silent when such crimes were committed on the Azerbaijani side, why they did not change the rules and procedures, which allegedly did not allow them to intervene in the situation. But the main question of the Armenian parliamentarian concerned the relatives of the prisoners who are awaiting their return to Armenia. "What should I say to these families?" Melkumyan asked.
After massive appeals voiced by a dozen European parliamentarians, Azerbaijani and Turkish speakers, in their usual form, voiced unfounded counter-accusations towards Armenia, stating that they were disappointed with the discussion that took place today within the framework of the regular PACE session.