Iran is ready to contribute to Karabakh conflict settlement - Minister
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 27
Tehran supports the processes to resolve conflicts in the South Caucasus on the basis of norms and principles of international law, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said during his visit to Yerevan, Armenian media reported Jan. 27.
"As a neighboring country with Armenia, Iran stands for the establishment of peace and friendship among all regional countries," he said. "We hope that the existing conflicts will be resolved peacefully."
"We are ready to help for these problems to be positively resolved," Zarif said at a joint press conference with Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian.
Earlier, the foreign ministers of the two countries discussed the recent situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement.
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 US are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
Edited by CN