Iran ready to help resolve Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: envoy

October 5, 2008

TEHRAN – Tehran has proposed to mediate between Azerbaijani and Armenia to help resolve Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Iran’s ambassador to Baku Naser Hamidi-Zare said Saturday.

“Tehran hopes that Azerbaijan and Armenia will express their opinion soon about Iran’s proposals on the mediation,” Hamidi-Zare told TrendNews.
Iran, as one of the important countries in the region, and other neighboring countries are interested in resolving regional issues, the envoy said.
“Therefore, Iran proposed to mediate between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the resolution of the conflict,” he said, adding that Iran has held discussion on this issue with both parties of the conflict.
Hamidi-Zare said Iran is willing to make every effort to normalize relations among the countries in the region.
“We want conditions to be created for changes in the peace and security plan which would suit interests of the people in the region.
“Iran intends to do its best to establish mutual relations between countries in the region so that they will find a common ground,” he said.
Nagorno-Karabakh is an ethnically Armenian held enclave that separated from Azerbaijan more than fifteen years ago but remains unrecognized by the international community.
In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Russia, France, and the U.S.) are currently holding peaceful, but fruitless negotiations.