BAKU: Iranian President For Peaceable Resolution Of Armenian-Azerbai

corr Trend P.Kesamanki

Trend News Agency
Aug 22 2007

The Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejat is all for a peaceful
resolution to the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict within the frame of
the law. The Iranian President made this statement at a news conference
in Baku on 22 August for Azerbaijani and Iranian journalists

"Our position on the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was
stated openly and yesterday [21 August] I said this to the Azerbaijani
President Ilham Aliyev," Ahmedinejat stressed.

Iran thinks that talks on the resolution of the Armenian-Azerbaijani
conflict on the Nagorno-Karabakh contributes to its resolution and
provides a basis for the development of cooperation within the frame
of the law.

"We want to see peaceful solution to a conflict between our two
neighbors," the Iranian President said.

The conflict between the two countries of the South Caucasus began in
1988 due to territorial claims by Armenia against Azerbaijan. Armenia
has occupied 20% of Azerbaijan including the Nagorno-Karabakh region
and its seven surrounding Districts. Since 1992, these territories
have been under the occupation of the Armenian Forces. In 1994,
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement at which time
active hostilities ended. The o-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (
Russia, France and USA) are currently holding peaceful negotiations.

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