Iran against deployment of peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh

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Iran is against the deployment of foreign peacekeepers in the region, Iran's Ambassador to Armenia, Mohammad Reis said at a press conference on July 18, news.am reported.

Commenting on the possible deployment of peacekeepers in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone, the Iranian diplomat said Iran is against such initiative.

He said the settlement of the issue depends on Armenia, Azerbaijan and the OSCE Minsk Group.

"I am sure the deployment of foreign forces would jeopardize security in the region. Striking examples are Iraq and Afghanistan," the ambassador said.

At the same time the ambassador noted that Iran is against any violence in the region, and supports a peaceful solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and also believes that the military actions are unlikely to resume.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.

As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The two countries 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 four U.N. Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

Edited by S.I.

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