Iran: Armenia-Azerbaijan Republic dispute has no military solution

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 3 August 2014 23:22 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, August 3

Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman said the dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan Republic has no military solution, IRNA reported.

Marzieyeh Afkham urged the two neighbouring countries to hold talks to reach an agreement.

According to the report of Foreign Ministry Media Department on Sunday, Afkham expressed regret over killing several people in a recent military clash and invited both sides to exercise restraint.

Armenia's reconnaissance and sabotage group attacked the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces in the direction of Azerbaijan's Aghdam and Agdere regions on the night of August 1-2. Azerbaijan managed to locate the group and the sabotage attempt was prevented.

During the last four days, Azerbaijani positions have been constantly under attack, and 12 servicemen have been killed, several more got wounded. Armenian side suffered more losses, while trying to hide this fact from the public.

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 the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.