Lavrov: "We will do everything possible to facilitate the exchange of prisoners of war through our peacekeepers"
- 07 December 2020
"We are now coming out of the hot phase of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Everyone has to acknowledge the importance of the November 10 statement signed by the presidents of Russia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia, which ended the war," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a meeting with his Armenian counterpart Ara Ayvazyan, APA's Moscow correspondent reports.
He said the statement ensured the return of refugees to their homes: "We can create real conditions for the transformation of the South Caucasus from a region of conflict to a region of stability and prosperity through agreements on economic recovery, solutions to humanitarian problems, and the restoration of communications and transport. We will provide all possible support to move in this direction in the interests of the peoples living in the region. Russian peacekeepers are actively cooperating with the local population in the area of their responsibility. They are helping to return refugees, clear the area of mines, and provide medical assistance to the people of Nagorno-Karabakh. A humanitarian aid center is being established in close cooperation with Azerbaijan and Armenia. We fully support the activities of international organizations that are ready to use their resources, experience, and potential to restore peace in the region. In particular, the Russian leadership has decided to make an additional one-time voluntary transfer to the budget of the International Committee of the Red Cross."
According to the Russian Foreign Minister, one of the most important issues is the exchange of prisoners of war: "Through our peacekeepers, we will provide all possible assistance to facilitate the exchange of prisoners of war. We know how painful this issue is for the relatives and friends of the captives. The exchange of the bodies of the dead is also an emotional part of the problem, and it is important to resolve it as soon as possible."