"All prisoners of war which were taken as prisoners during the war have been returned to Armenia. Armenian government can confirm that. We returned them even before they returned our prisoners of war," said President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in his interview to the French France 24 TV channel.
"Those people whom some NGOs are referring to are those who were sent by Armenian military command two weeks after the war ended, after the November Declaration was signed. They were sent to our positions and they committed crimes. They killed four Azerbaijani servicemen and they were disarmed and captured. And many of them have already been returned. Those who did not participated in those crimes, those who participated in crimes have been sentenced by our Justice Ministry, by the court.
-Those who we hold, according to classification, according to all the international conventions cannot be considered as prisoners of war. Prisoners of war are those people who have been detained during the war. On ten November the war stopped. In the beginning of December, we find in the territory which we liberated 62 Armenian members of sabotage group, who have been sent there on 26 November, 16 days after the war ended. They cannot be considered as prisoners of war and we returned many of them already as a sign of good will. But the rest of those people who are serving the sentence here, they have committed a crime and they must be brought to justice and they have been brought to justice," said Azerbaijani President.