Iran defense minister, Azeri counterpart discuss Karabakh issue

Tehran, April 4, IRNA – Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan and his Azeri counterpart Zakir Hasanov on Monday discussed latest developments in the Karabakh region in a telephone conversation.
Recent tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the Karabakh region killed at least 30 in one of the bloodiest days in the smouldering conflict since a 1994 ceasefire in the region.

Dehqan stressed importance of solving the conflict through peaceful solutions.

He also urged Baku and Yerevan to exercise self-restraint.

Tehran will spare no efforts to help ease the tension, Dehqan stressed.

Touching upon the escalation of tensions between Baku and Yerevan over Karabakh region and military conflict in their border lines on Sunday that led to exchange of fire and killing of a number of Azeri and Armenian soldiers, Dehqan has made separate phone calls with his counterparts in both countries urging them to make a halt to the conflict and solve the crisis through dialogue.

Meanwhile, the Iranian minister had made separate phone calls on Sunday to his Azeri and Armenian counterparts calling them to stop military conflict as soon as possible and exercise self-restraint.

On April 3, Azerbaijan has declared a unilateral ceasefire with Armenia in the disputed enclave however he Azeri Defense Ministry said thst three of its troopers were killed as the Armenians fired mortar shells at Azeri positions and attacked them using grenade launchers on Monday.