Armenia, Azerbaijan vow to avoid targetting residential areas

YEREVAN, ARMENIA (AP) – Armenia and Azerbaijan promised on Friday to avoid shelling residential areas amid the fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, a pledge that follows a day of talks in Geneva even as Azerbaijani troops pushed deeper into the separatist territory.

The two sides agreed they “will not deliberately target civilian populations or non-military objects in accordance with international humanitarian law”.

They also promised to help recover and exchange the remains of soldiers died on the battlefield and in a week’s time submit lists of prisoners of war for the purpose of “providing access and eventual exchange”.

The talks between foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan were sponsored by the so-called Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which is co-chaired by Russia, the United States (US) and France.

The co-chairs said in a statement issued after the talks that Armenia and Azerbaijan also promised to offer their proposals regarding possible ceasefire verification mechanisms.