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After my petition sent yesterday to the President of the RF [Russian Federation] on the issue of Armenian prisoners of war, a new proposal was born today as a result of a discussion with human rights activist Artak Zeynalyan. Edmon Marukyan—chairman of the opposition Bright Armenia Party and head of its parliamentary faction—who on Friday addressed a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, asking him to deal with the issue of POWs, on Saturday wrote this on Facebook.

"Thus, based on the really dire situation on the ground, we propose to also set up a tripartite commission—consisting of the representatives of the RF, Armenia, and Azerbaijan—which will visit—without obstruction—the prisoners of war held on both sides, prevent possible ill-treatment of prisoners of war, and determine their total number—kept on both sides, actual locations, and detention conditions. The commission should be set up as soon as possible—in defense of the prisoners of war and for their immediate return to their families," Marukyan added.

On November 9, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a joint statement on a complete cessation of hostilities— which Azerbaijan had launched on September 27—in and around Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh). Accordingly, Russian peacekeepers are deployed in the region to monitor the implementation of the ceasefire and the cessation of hostilities. But this statement also stipulates the handover of part of Artsakh lands to Azerbaijan. 

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