Rouhani's aide invites parties of Karabakh conflict to restraint
Tehran, Iran, Apr.5
By Mehdi Sepahvand, Elena Kosolapova - Trend:
Iran invites the parties of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to restraint, Mohammad Bagher Nobakht, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's adviser for supervision and strategic affairs and spokesperson of the government, told Trend Apr.5.
As a calm country in the restive region, Iran should help spread peace, he said. "We should prevent any further conflict in the region that is already burning in flames of war."
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 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.
On the night of April 2, 2016, all the frontier positions of Azerbaijan were subjected to heavy fire from the Armenian side, which used large-caliber weapons, mortars and grenade launchers. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-attack, which led to liberation of several strategic heights and settlements.