Armenia not agree to Iran’s mediation in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement
Azerbaijan, Baku, Apr.9 / Trend /
Armenia didn't accept Iran's mediation in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Persian service of Radio Liberty quoted Interfax.
Armenia appreciated the Iranian side's desire to take part in the settlement of the process, but prefers to hold negotiations within the OSCE Minsk Group.
Official Tehran presented proposals for resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to the conflict parties, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said.
"We hope that parties will take positive actions in connection with resolving of the problem," Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said today at a press conference held in Tehran, MEHR agency reported.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 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 the peace negotiations.