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Iran's position on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict not changed - Foreign Ministry

Politics Materials 16 May 2011 01:05 (UTC +04:00)
There have been no changes in Iran's position on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, said Sunday Iranian Foreign Ministry's spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast, ISNA reported.
Iran's position on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict not changed - Foreign Ministry

Azerbaijan, Baku, May 15 /Trend, T.Jafarov/

There have been no changes in Iran's position on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, said Sunday Iranian Foreign Ministry's spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast, ISNA reported.

"Iran supports peaceful solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in accordance with international law and the continuation of negotiations", Mehmanparast said, answering reporters' questions about recent statement by the Iranian Embassy in Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Saturday, the Iranian embassy in Armenia has made a statement saying that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict must be resolved on the basis of a dialogue, non-use of force and respect for the right to self-determination. According to the Armenian media, the embassy has not mentioned the principle of respecting sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Mehmanparast also said that Iran was ready to assist the parties in resolving the conflict.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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