Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 19
By Elchin Mehdiyev – Trend:
Iran has always supported and continues to support Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity, Tehran’s ambassador in Baku Mohsen Pak Ayeen said during a press conference Sept. 19.
"Our position on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is very clear: we have always supported Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and we stand against the change of official borders," said the ambassador, whose term of office has ended.
"We want settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and we are ready to render all possible assistance for this," he added.
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.