Azerbaijan: Caught Armenians traded for map with land mines

Azerbaijan has handed fifteen Armenian prisoners in exchange for a map showing the location of nearly 100,000 landmines. The mines lie in a region handed over by Armenia as part of a deal closed after last years war.

The fifteen prisoners were released at the border, says the Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Armenian acting Prime Minister Pasjinian posted a photo of the recurring prisoners on a bus on Facebook.

The exchange came about following US and EU mediation. U.S. Secretary of State Blinken called Armenia and Azerbaijan to release all prisoners of war. EU President Michel called the deal a humanitarian gesture from both sides.

The landmines were a problem for the Azeri. At the beginning of this month, two more journalists and a local official were killed when a land mine exploded.

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Azerbaijan and Armenia have been arguing about Nagorno-Karabakh for decades. The disputed region officially belongs to Azerbaijan but is mainly inhabited by Armenians and governed independently.

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war broke out last September. After six weeks of shelling and thousands of deaths, a ceasefire came.