Iran proposes to mediate in Karabakh

October 6, 2008 - 0:0

The Islamic Republic has offered to mediate between Azerbaijan and Armenia to resolve the Karabakh conflict, an Iranian official says.

“Iran has proposed to mediate between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the resolution of the conflict,” Iran's Ambassador to Azerbaijan Nasser Hamidi Zare' told Trend News.
“Iran has held discussion on this issue with both parties of the conflict, "" he added.
The Iranian mediation offer comes as other regional countries have proposed other plans to resolve the issue.
""There are certain processes ongoing in this region. Iran and other neighboring countries are interested in finding ways out of the situation,"" said Zare.
Both Azerbaijan and Armenia claim the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, which has a population mostly of Armenians but is located within Azerbaijan.
Ethnic Armenian forces took control of the Nagorno-Karabakh along with seven surrounding regions during a war in the early 1990s. The war left thousands killed and forced nearly a million people on both sides to flee their homes.
A ceasefire was signed in 1994 but the dispute has so far remained unsettled. Clashes often erupt along the ceasefire line and negotiations have so far proved fruitless.
The Minsk group, which consists of 13 members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), has provided a forum for negotiations to settle the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh since 1992. So far, there has been no settlement of the dispute.
The Iranian ambassador hoped that Azerbaijan and Armenia would soon express their opinion about Tehran's proposals.
Zare' said that Iran was willing to do its best to establish mutual relations between countries in the region so that they would find a common ground.
(Source: Press TV)