Tehran Ready to Mediate in Karabakh Conflict

Tehran Ready to Mediate in Karabakh Conflict

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif talked to his Azerbaijani counterpart about the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, inviting both sides of the conflict to prevent another crisis in the region.
"In view of the existing regional problems, all must do their best so that we do not witness another crisis," Zarif said in a meeting with Elmar Mammadyarov on the sidelines of a trilateral foreign ministerial meeting involving Iran, Turkey and Azerbaijan in Ramsar on Tuesday, IRNA reported.
Earlier on Tuesday morning and before heading to Ramsar, Zarif talked on phone to his Armenian counterpart, Edward Nalbandian, stating Islamic Republic's readiness to play a role in the peaceful settlement of the tension.
Talking to Nalbandian, Zarif demanded an immediate halt to the conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region and called for the return of stability. He urged a peaceful resolution of disagreements between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Khabar Online quoted Zarif as saying on Tuesday.  
The clashes have intensified between the armed separatists in the disputed region who are backed by Armenian armed forces on one side and Azerbaijan's Army on the other side since April 2.
In another phone call, heads of Iran-Azerbaijan Economic Commission, Mahmoud Vaezi, Iran's communications and information technology minister, and Shahin Mustafayev, Azerbaijan's minister of economic development, discussed the issue.
Vaezi, a former diplomat, invited the two fighting sides to exercise "self-restraint" and said Iran seeks a quick end to the war.
"Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to use all its power to help resolve the disagreements and enforce a ceasefire in the framework of bilateral and international negotiations," IRNA quoted Vaezi as saying on Tuesday.
Mustafayev thanked Iran's principled stance on the settlement of the conflict and underlined his government's intention to stop the fighting, reminding that along this line Baku had unilaterally declared a ceasefire.
According to IRNA, along with executive officials, Iranian lawmakers discussed the clashes between the two northern neighbors.
Ebrahim Aghamohammadi, a member of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said the panel followed up on the case by inviting a foreign ministry expert to the commission to discuss the crisis.
"Iran will remain completely impartial in this dispute and try to stop it through a ceasefire," the lawmaker said on Monday.  

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