Armenia Should Compensate Damages Inflicted as a Result of Occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh: Iranian Ambassador
Azerbaijan, Baku /corr. Trend I.Alizade / Armenia should compensate damages inflicted as a result of occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh and the districts surrounding it, said the Ambassador of Iran to Azerbaijan, Nasir Hamidi Zari, on 20 August in Baku.
According to the Ambassador, Iran recognizes the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and this official position of Tehran remains unchanged. " Azerbaijan is neighbors with Iran and is a Muslim country," the diplomat said.
The Ambassador stated that Iran requires that all conditions should be created to release the occupied Azerbaijani land and return internally displaced persons to their native land soon. " Armenia should understand that by realizing its ambition, it is violating the rights of people who are forced to live in confinement. Otherwise, the democracy that we speak of changes its essence," the Ambassador said.
Hamidi Zari said that he will refuse the proposal to visit Azerbaijan's occupied territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.
The conflict between the two countries of South Caucasus began in 1988 due to territorial claims by Armenia against Azerbaijan. Armenia has occupied 20% of the Azerbaijani land including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven surrounding Districts. Since 1992, these territories have been under the occupation of the Armenian Forces. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement at which time the active hostilities ended. The Co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France and USA) are currently holding peaceful negotiations.