Azerbaijan, Baku, 29 April / corr. Trend G. Jabiyev/ The official Tehran has announced that Azerbaijan has assured Iran that the problem of cargo for the Bushehr nuclear power station detained in the Azerbaijan-Iran border will be solved soon.
"The Azerbaijani government stated us that the problem will be solved in the shortest time possible," Nasir Hamidi Zari, the Ambassador of Iran to Azerbaijan said to media on 29 April in Baku.
The cargo for the nuclear power station in Bushehr, transported from Russia to Iran, was detained at the customs point in Astara on Azerbaijan-Iran border on 29 March. The cargo is reported to have been detained due to special permission not having been obtained from the Azerbaijani government.
The official Moscow has not yet responded to the inquiry made by the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry regarding the description of the cargo which belongs to Atomstroyeksport, the contractor of the construction of nuclear power station in Bushehr. The Russian Embassy in Azerbaijan said it has no official response in this regard.
The cargo of Atomstroyeksport, supplied for the nuclear power station in Bushehr, does not serve a dual-purpose and is not nuclear material, Irina Yesipova, the press secretary of Atomstroyexport said to Trend earlier.
The Iranian Ambassador added that certain authorities are attempting to take advantage of the current situation in order to undermine relations between Azerbaijan and Iran. "These authorities are jealous of our relations," said Hamidi Zari.
The Iranian ambassador made this statement after Tehran demanded Baku to allow the cargo to pass through the Azerbaijan-Iran border. "This cargo is transported to Iran within the international law and there should be no obstacles for its transit," Mohammad Ali Hosseini, the official representative of the Foreign Ministry of the Islamic Republic of Iran said on 27 April.
In reply, Azerbaijan called for Iran to refrain from making harsh statements and contradicting diplomatic rules. "It contradicts relations between Iran and Azerbaijan and the diplomatic and ethical codes. Azerbaijan is only taking measures within its legislation and international law," Khazar Ibrahim, the spokesman of Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said.
He also stated that Azerbaijan will take measures after it receives a response to its inquiry from Russia regarding the type of cargo transported from Russia to Iran.
Araz Azimov, the deputy foreign minister of Azerbaijan said to the media on 29 April in Baku that the ambassador of Iran was called to the foreign ministry to give relevant explanations.
Iran believes that the detention of cargo of equipment on Azerbaijan-Iran border destined for the nuclear power station in Bushehr is due to customs problems and Iran believes that it will be solved soon, Nasir Hamidi Zare, the Iranian ambassador to Azerbaijan.
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