Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov.10
By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:
Iran supports the territorial integrity of states and is against violence against their population, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Pacific Affairs and Special Representative for Caspian Sea Affairs Ebrahim Rahimpour told Trend on Nov.10 answering the question about Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
Rahimpour said the principle of supporting the territorial integrity of the countries that are in a state of conflict underlies Iran's foreign policy.
"Therefore, Iran has faced sanctions. Sanctions were imposed not so much against Iran's nuclear program as against the country's support to defenseless and innocent people," the deputy minister said.
Rahimpour added that unfortunately, Islamic countries can not unite against the violence by other, non-Muslim states.
"Muslim states should first unite, they must prevent the killing of Muslims in the world under the guise of Islam," he said. "It should be put an end to illiteracy, ignorance and wars in Muslim countries. Only after this the Muslim countries will be able to pursue a unified policy by creating a structure similar to the EU."
Edited by CN