Baku, Azerbaijan, March 13
By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:
Baku and Yerevan themselves make decision regarding the mediators in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Oceania and Special Representative for Caspian Sea Affairs, Ebrahim Rahimpour said at a press conference held in Baku on March 13.
"If Baku and Yerevan accept the OSCE Minsk Group's mediation on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, then it is their business," Rahimpour said.
He said the experience shows that conflicts should first be settled bilaterally, and then with the participation of region's countries, and Iran holds similar position on all other conflicts too.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
Translated by E.A.
Edited by C.N.