The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has over the last few days been in intensive contacts with the governments of both Armenia and Azeerbaijan to try to facilitate the exhange of two prisoners of war that are being held by the two sides. Representatives of the ICRC delegations in both Baku and Yerevan have been in touch with the respective Ministries of Defence and have also visited the two prisoners.
On the night of August 7-8, an Armenian soldier, Hakop Injugulyan strayed into territory controlled by the Azerbaijani Army near Aghdam and was captured. An Azerbaijani soldier, Firuz Faragev, has been imprisoned by the Armenian side for some time and had earlier been reported by the Armenian authorities as not wanting to go to Azerbaijan.However in recent days the Armenian side has said that he has changed his mind and expressed a wish to return back to Azerbaijan.
It is not yet clear when the prisoner exchange will take place, but it is likely to be soon.
source: commonspace.eu with agencies
"As expected the declaration from the 5th Eastern Partnership summit did not change in any significant way the approach of the EU to the eastern neighbourhood. However the declaration has something for everybody, and there are interesting nuances in the text that can form the basis in the future for the next steps in the EU's engagement with the region", commonspace.eu political editor said in a comment.
Getting the Eastern Neighbourhood right is a key necessity for the future security and prosperity of Europe. The Brussels summit offers an opportunity for important steps on this matter in the right direction – not as an end in themselves but rather as a part of a longer term and more ambitious vision.