Iran only country bordering Caucasus, which suffered from Nagorno-Karabakh conflict - Iranian Ambassador to Azerbaijan
Iran, Tehran, September 19/ Trend, E.Huseynov /
Iran is the only country bordering Caucasus region, who suffered from the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, said Iranian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Mohammedbagir Bahrami on Sunday in Tehran.
According to the ambassador, the conflict had violated a geographical balance, particularly on the Azerbaijani-Iranian border and has become an obstacle for the implementation of several economic projects, including construction of Khudaferin dam, in which Iran is interested.
Nagorno-Karabakh conflict directly affects national policies and interests of Iran and harms them, Bahrami said at Iran-Azerbaijan conference "Azerbaijan: past experiences and the upcoming prospects".
The length of the Iran-Azerbaijan border is 618 kilometers, of which 120 km are under the occupation of the separatists. This fact has a negative impact on Iran's relations with the countries of the region, the diplomat said.
According to him, Iran can not remain indifferent in matters of security in the Caucasus. Therefore, Tehran puts forward its mediation mission in order to achieve lasting peace and stability in the region and resolve the problem. Thus, Tehran offers regional countries to directly join the negotiating process to achieve a just peace, to support the territorial integrity of countries in the region, prevent chauvinistic and nationalist manifestations, to strengthen solidarity in the region through the development of energy cooperation, to make efforts to resolve conflicts in the region, to prevent interference of external forces, pursuing their own selfish ends, to resolve the legal status of Caspian Sea among littoral states without unilateral decisions.
Moreover, Iran supports the establishment of security format 3x3 (3 South Caucasus countries plus Iran, Turkey and Russia) and the prevention of the intervention of external groups in regional processes. Tehran is also against the deployment of foreign, and especially the "Zionist" military bases in the region, Bahrami said.
One-day conference is being held at Tehran University, organized by the Caucasus Studies Institute (Iran) and the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Iran.