Iranian Foreign Minister Condemns Referendum in Nagorno-Karabakh

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 14 December 2006 18:20 (UTC +04:00)

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini was commenting on a referendum held in the Azerbaijan breakaway region on December 10 approving a constitution which declared it an independent state, Trendreports quoting IRNA.

"While Iran respects territorial integrity of the Republic of Azerbaijan, it backs lasting and fair peace in the region," said the spokesman, adding that "Iran has repeatedly expressed its readiness to actively help the Nagorno-Karabakh peace talks".

He expressed hope that talks would continue through democratic processes and lead to a sustainable peace in the region.