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Iran Offers Mediation in Karabakh Conflict

Service : Politic
BAKU, July 2 (ICANA) – Iran can become a mediator in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution, if Azerbaijan is interested, Iranian Parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani said at a press-conference in Baku Saturday.
Saturday, July 02, 2011 2:08:24 PM
Iran Offers Mediation in Karabakh Conflict

"The Karabakh conflict should be resolved within Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity through negotiations and with the participation of the regional countries. Major countries think only about their interests, and they play for their own interests instead of solving the problems," he said.

Larijani also answered a question about the Iranian Parliament’s position regarding the destruction of historical and Islamic monuments in Karabakh. "If our friendly country- Azerbaijan -develops a political format to resolve this issue, Iran is ready to provide support in this format," he said.

He also voiced his opinion about deploying international peacekeeping forces in Nagorno-Karabakh. "We should not seek to choose the worst way to resolve the conflict, to address which more logical ways exist. It would be more logical if the parties achieved consensus. Achievement of an agreement between the parties with the regional countries’ mediation also would be nice," Larijani stated.

He said deployment of peacekeepers in Nagorno Karabakh will further complicate the problem.

"Some major countries use the international organizations as a tool in their hands. Theretofore, it is unknown what will be the future deployment of international peacekeeping forces in the region. If the international organization and structures were truly independent and not a tool in someone's hands, the deployment of peacekeepers could be a way to resolve the conflict. At the moment, we do not see the independence of international organizations, and sometimes these international forces further complicate the problem. It is therefore necessary to create conditions for the use of different ways to resolve the conflict," he added.

Larijani kicked off his visit to Azerbaijan on Thursday. He is visiting Azerbaijan at the invitation from the Azerbaijani Parliamentary Speaker Ogtay Asadov. The visit aimed to enhance Iranian-Azerbaijani inter-parliamentary cooperation.

He has met with Asadov, President Ilham Aliyev, Prime Minister Artur Rasizade, and the country’s other officials in Baku.

Larijani’s visit to Azerbaijan was initially scheduled for February however, it was postponed due to his busy work schedule.

Larijani and his accompanying delegation will leave Baku for Tehran tonight.

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