• By The Financial District

ARMENIA, AZERBAIJAN AGREE NOT TO TARGET CIVILIANS IN CONFLICT

Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed in peace talks not to deliberately target civilians as fighting continues over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) reported.

Azerbaijan and Armenia have been engaged in intense fighting in the past month over Nagorno-Karabakh, a region controlled by Christian Armenian troops for decades but considered by the United Nations as part of predominantly Muslim Azerbaijan.


Baku and Yerevan's top diplomats agreed not to target civilian populations or non-military objects, according to a statement from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Geneva, which mediated the hours of discussions. 


Both sides also said they would cooperate to recover and exchange the bodies of soldiers who died on the battlefield by giving safety guarantees to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), an OSCE statement said. Both sides said they would present a list of detained prisoners of war within a week "for the purposes of providing access and eventual exchange," the statement added. The talks between Armenia's Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and his Azerbaijani counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov lasted around six hours.