Azerbaijan hands over 10 captured soldiers to Armenia in return for mine maps

Dec 5, 2021: Azerbaijan handed over 10 captured Armenian soldiers to Armenia on Saturday in exchange for a detailed map of the location of landmines in the Karabakh region as part of a Russian-brokered exchange.

Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed on a ceasefire on their border on November 16 when Russia urged them to withdraw from the confrontation after the deadliest clash since the war last year.

Armenia has asked Moscow to help defend itself after the worst fighting in the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave last year between ethnic Armenian forces and Azerbaijani forces after a 44-day war in which at least 6,500 people were killed.

In a statement, Azerbaijain’s State Security Service said it had handed over 10 Armenian soldiers who were detained on Nov 16 and that Russia had played a mediation role.

Armenia’s Armenpress media outlet confirmed late on Saturday the names of 10 Armenian prisoners of war who had been handed over after being captured on Nov 16.

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