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Iran Urges Regional Solution to Karabakh

Service : Politic
BAKU, July 2 (ICANA) – Iranian Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani has urged regional countries to step up efforts to help resolve regional issues, including the Karabakh dispute, without interference of foreign powers.
Saturday, July 02, 2011 12:37:55 PM
Iran Urges Regional Solution to Karabakh

“In our opinion, regional countries' determination and effort can resolve the Karabakh dispute. We hope that regional efforts increase so that [regional] conflicts are settled,” Larijani said in a Friday meeting with Azeri Parliament Speaker Artur Rasizade.

Larijani, at the head of a parliamentary delegation, is on a visit to Baku to hold meetings with top Azeri officials.

The senior Iranian official pointed out that the mutual interests of the two countries demand that regional issues be solved without any foreign interference, reiterating that foreign powers seek their own interests in regional conflicts.

He also said that Iran supports Azerbaijan's territorial integrity in the Karabakh dispute.

Rasizade, for his part, thanked Iran's stance in the Karabakh dispute and hoped that the issue would be solved.

Both Azerbaijan and Armenia claim the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, which is largely populated by Armenians but located in Azerbaijan.

Ethnic Armenian forces took control over 16 percent of Azerbaijan in the early 1990s during a six-year war with the country that took place from February 1988 to May 1994.

The conflict left an estimated 30,000 people dead and one million displaced. The dispute still remains unsettled.

The Islamic Republic has on several occasions offered to intervene in the dispute.

"We believe that the Karabakh issue will be resolved through dialogue and the commitment of both sides to justice, and Tehran is ready to negotiate with them within this framework," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a joint press conference with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev in November, 2010.

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