Feb 20 2010
Iranian speaker: Solution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is important
for whole region (PHOTO)
The main priority of Iran’s foreign policy is the solution of
regional problems, said the Speaker of the Iranian Parliament, Ali
Larijani, at a meeting with his Azerbaijani counterpart, Oktay Asadov,
who is on a visit to Tehran.
"The solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is important for the
whole region," said Larijani, Mehr news agency reported.
Azerbaijani Speaker mentioned Azerbaijan’s commitment to the peaceful
solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on the basis of the
principle of country’s territorial integrity.
At the meeting, Larijani also highlighted his country’s interest in
developing economic ties with Azerbaijan, with which Iran is closely
connected by historical and cultural ties.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988
when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian
armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992,
including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a cease-fire agreement in 1994. The
co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group – Russia, France, and the United
States – are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council’s four
resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the