Iran’s stances on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict unchanged: Envoy

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Iranian ambassador to Azerbaijan said Tehran still hopes that a conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh region will be resolved through peaceful means based on international regulations.

“Our stances on mountainous Karabakh has not changed and we hope that the conflict would be resolved peacefully, within the framework of territorial integrity of regional countries and in compliance with international regulations,” Mohsen Pakayeen told reporters.

“We support the continuation of the ceasefire and negotiations between the two countries and hope that peace talks will yield good results,” he added.

The Iranian diplomat went on to say that continuation of talks aimed at finding a peaceful solution to the conflict within the framework of international norms and UN resolutions can have positive outcomes.

Violence in Azerbaijan’s breakaway region escalated in early April. Baku and Yerevan have accused each other of provoking hostilities. A ceasefire was achieved on April 5, following days of clashes that led to numerous casualties on both sides.

Nagorno-Karabakh has been under the control of Armenian military and separatists since a war between Armenia and Azerbaijan ended in 1994. Years of negotiations have brought little progress in resolving the dispute.

According to media reports, the US, Russian and French mediators of the OSCE Minsk-Group said on Friday that they have presented Armenia and Azerbaijan with concrete proposals aimed at preventing ceasefire violations in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone.

The three co-chairs also said the presidents of the two South Caucasus states have reaffirmed their readiness to meet again later this month.

By Tasnim News Agency