BAKU: NAM can positively affect Nagorno-Karabakh conflict’s settleme

Trend, Azerbaijan
May 17 2014

NAM can positively affect Nagorno-Karabakh conflict’s settlement,
Iran’s ambassador says

Baku, Azerbaijan, May 17

By Temkin Jafarov – Trend:

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) can positively affect Nagorno-Karabakh
conflict’s settlement, Iran’s Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Mohsen Pak
Ayeen said.

The ambassador made these remarks in an interview with the Iranian
Fars news agency.

“I believe that using Iran’s political image in the region and its
chairmanship at the NAM, it is possible to affect the provision of
peace in the region and settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,”
Pak Ayeen said.

The diplomat also stressed that over the past 20 years the OSCE Minsk
Group has shown that is not interested in this conflict’s settlement.

Pak Ayeen believes that by means of drawing up a road map and a larger
plan, reflecting disagreements and conflict conditions, it is possible
to reach an agreement between the parties and to settle the conflict
along with the introduction of innovations in mediation efforts.

Iran has repeatedly said it is ready to act as a mediator in the
Nagorno-Karabakh conflict’s settlement, if the parties want this.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988
when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.

As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied
20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and
seven surrounding districts.

The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs
of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. 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 and the
surrounding regions.

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is an international organization
brining together 120 countries on the principles of non-participation
in military blocs.

The NAM was officially founded by 25 states at the Belgrade Conference
in September 1961.

The movement’s creation was preceded by the Bandung Conference
(Indonesia) in 1955 and tripartite consultations among the presidents
of Yugoslavia, Egypt and India in 1956.

Azerbaijan, which previously had an observer status at the NAM, became
its full member at the XVI conference in 2011.

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