Azerbaijan jails 13 Armenian military personnel for six years

17:22, 23 July 2021
Azerbaijan jails 13 Armenian military personnel for six years Photo: Sergey Bulkin/NEWS.ru

A court in Azerbaijan sentenced 13 Armenians who are enrolled in Armenia’s armed forces to six years in prison.

The charges are connected with different crimes including the possession of weapons, illegal border crossing as well as terrorism offenses. 

The detained Armenians are among the 60 Armenian soldiers who were captured by Azerbaijan following the ceasefire between the two neighboring countries. 

Until now there was no official comment from Armenia. 

In case Armenia doesn’t interfere the detained soldiers will serve six years in prison and later they will be deported to their home country.

Earlier the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev proposed a new peace agreement.

“We have sent a note to Armenia, a peace agreement... I have repeatedly said that we are ready and let us start the talks. Is the war over? Over! Do you want peace, Armenia? It seems that yes! Then why wouldn't you like to sign a peace agreement! Recognize our territorial integrity, sign a peace agreement and settle the border delimitation issue. In this regard, our agenda is in line with the EU, Turkish and Russian agenda,” Aliyev told the Azerbaijani state television.

The conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region erupted back in late September. Azerbaijan and Armenia regularly report incidents involving military personnel on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict escalated in 2020. The fighting stopped with a Russian-brokered ceasefire agreement on November 10, in accordance with which Azerbaijan was reunited with some territories lost in the previous conflicts, and the process of exchanging war prisoners began.