Iran: Sustainable Peace Must be Established in Karabakh

Iran Review, April 7, 2016

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has urged Azerbaijan and Armenia to exercise restraint in dealing with the current conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, saying Tehran wants peace and stability restored to the region.

Rouhani called on Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan to do all they can to ensure the implementation of a ceasefire currently on hold in Nagorno-Karabakh.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is very upset about the killing of civilians and troops of the two friendly, neighboring countries,” Rouhani said, adding that Iran is ready to use all its capacities for the peaceful settlement of disputes between the two sides through political dialogue.

The Iranian president warned that a prolonged conflict over Karabakh would harm the interests of Azerbaijan and Armenia more than any other country.

“The region is currently grappling with massive crises and terrorists and their sponsors always try to spread the crisis to the entire region,” Rouahni said, adding that any extra tension and conflict could pave the way for the ill-wishers to realize their objectives.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called for the settlement of fierce conflict between Armenia-backed and Azerbaijani forces, saying sustainable peace must be established in the disputed border region of Karabakh.

“Given prevailing problems and crises in the region, all-out efforts should be made so that we will never witness the escalation of any new problem and crisis,” the Iranian minister said.

Zarif expressed Iran’s readiness to help restore calm to the Karabakh region, which has been the scene of deadly fighting between Armenia-backed and Azerbaijani forces in recent days.

“Our objective is to end the clashes in Karabakh,” said Zarif, calling on the regional countries to help facilitate the return of peace to the region.

The Iranian Foreign Minister has also expressed hope that the ceasefire agreed recently between Azerbaijan and Armenia would last to help end clashes in the disputed region of Karabakh.

“We hope that the ceasefire would be lasting,” Zarif said.

He added that Iranian officials have held meetings with Azeri and Armenian authorities to exchange views on recent hostilities in the Caucasus region.

The Islamic Republic of Iran pursues a policy of expanding ties with Azerbaijan and other neighbors, Zarif said.