Iran MP condemns shelling Azerbaijan's civilians by Armenia
Tehran, Iran, April 5
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
Attacking civilian positions by any weapon is condemned and illegal everywhere and should be prevented, Iranian MP Osman Ahmadi said in reference to the recent Armenian attack on Azerbaijan.
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. The armed clashes resulted in deaths and injuries among the Azerbaijani population.
Azerbaijan responded with a counter-attack, which led to liberation of several strategic heights and settlements.
In Azerbaijan's Terter district, heavy artillery shelling by Armenian armed units hit a house and killed an underage Turana Hasanova, head of the district's executive power Mustagim Mammadov told Trend earlier.
Meanwhile, Ahmadi told Trend that whatever the reasons for the conflict, there are certain things that must not be neglected.
On Iran's role as a neighbor country, Ahmadi said the Islamic Republic is able and willing to act as a stabilizing power to settle the dispute between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
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.