Eight Armenian detainees have been released by Azerbaijan, French President Emmanuel Macron and European Council President Charles Michel announced on Monday. France dispatched a plane to repatriate them to Yerevan.
“Eight Armenian detainees were released by Azerbaijan and transferred from Baku to Yerevan,” the French head of state said on Monday February 7 on his Twitter account.
These Armenian detainees were released by Azerbaijan within the framework of negotiations led by France and the European Union.
Eight Armenian detainees were released by Azerbaijan and transferred from Baku to Yerevan. They are reunited with their families, from whom they had been separated for several months. Thank you to our diplomats as well as to our soldiers mobilized in this operation. We are going forward ! https://t.co/7IVoxX7b9q pic.twitter.com/ho1cxIHWco
—Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) February 7, 2022
France dispatched a plane which allowed their return to Armenia after the mediation it conducted with the EU, specifies the Elysée.
“This release of prisoners is part of a set of humanitarian measures and the restoration of confidence between Armenia and Azerbaijan, for a stabilization of the situation in the South Caucasus”, still indicates the Elysee.
A “sign of positive development”
On Twitter, Charles Michel hailed a new “sign of positive development” after the meeting between Emmanuel Macron, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian. “The European Union supports stability and prosperity in the region,” he said.
Tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan have remained high since the 44-day war between them in the fall of 2020 over the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave. The conflict claimed at least 6,500 lives and ended in victory for Azerbaijan.