Tehran, Moscow Call for Instant Ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov discussed the latest regional developments, and urged immediate ceasefire between Baku and Yerevan in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Zarif and Lavrov called on both conflicting sides to keep self-restraint and work for ceasefire.
Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) and Russian FM Sergei Lavrov (R)
Both sides noted that regional states, especially neighbors of Azerbaijan and Armenia, can create the right conditions for the parties to return to the negotiating table.
Lavrov emphasized that Moscow, can employ both its national capacity and that of the OSCE Minsk Group Chairs, to mediate for settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through political means.
In relevant remarks on Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a telephone conversation with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan voiced his country's readiness to resolve the ongoing dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
"War and conflict are not a good solution to problems and disputes and will complicate the situation," President Rouhani said during the phone talk while stressing that Tehran is fully prepared to mediate between Yerevan and Baku to overcome their existing problems.
He underlined that stability and security can be the bedrock of development, adding, "Our region cannot withstand instability and a new war."
"It is important for us to stop these conflicts, and we expect the two countries to take a step in this direction with tact and restraint," the Iranian president said.
The Prime Minister of Armenia, for his part, said that any tension and conflict would be to the detriment of all countries in the region and welcomed any practical initiative to stop the violence.
Fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenian forces over the breakaway territory of Nagorno-Karabakh entered a fourth day on Wednesday in the biggest eruption of their decades-old conflict since a 1994 ceasefire.
Conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region began following the breakdown of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s and lasted till approximately 1994, with both Armenia and Azerbaijan claiming this strategic territory. At that time, the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh had held a referendum boycotted by Azerbaijan where the people chose independence over joining either of the two countries.