Iran condemns monument destruction in Nagorno-Karabakh by Armenians

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Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 21 / Trend T. Jafarov /

Iran has condemned the destruction of mosques and historical monuments in Nagorno-Karabakh by Armenians. This was said by the adviser of Iranian president, the chairman of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organisation Mohammad Bagher Hurramshad in Baku on Friday.

"Iran condemns such actions regardless of where in the world they take place. Cultural monuments have to be treated with respect," he said.

Speaking about the relations between the countries, Hurramshad noted that Tehran is interested in developing cooperation with Azerbaijan, and statements made by the country's individuals should not be interpreted as the official position of Iran, as well as the views of Azerbaijani social structures are not perceived as the official position of the country in Iran.

Hurramshad is in Baku to participate in the international conference.

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 regarding the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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