By Rashid Shirinov
As many as 20,000 Iranians have signed a document condemning the murder of the 2-year-old Azerbaijani girl Zahra and her grandmother by Armenian armed forces as a result of the recent provocation on the frontline.
Iranian MP from Urmia Nader Ghazipour, informing about this APA, added that the murder of the child must be condemned.
“The shelling of the Alkhanli village of Fuzuli region by Armenian armed forces and the murder of civilians should be raised before international bodies,” said Ghazipour.
On July 4 evening, the Armenian armed forces using mortars and grenade launchers shelled Azerbaijan's Alkhanli village. As a result of this provocation, a resident of the village and her two-year-old granddaughter were killed. Another resident, who got wounded, was taken to the hospital and was operated on.
Ghazipour further added that Iran has always condemned the killing of children in different countries – Yemen, Syria and other states.
“The Azerbaijanis are our Muslim brothers and neighbors. We are against any wars. We believe that the region needs peace and stability,” Ghazipour said, adding that Iran advocates a peaceful solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
The MP suggested a meeting of Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign ministers that could be organized by the Iranian Foreign Ministry in Tehran: "Iran has the potential to resolve the conflict by diplomatic means. Iran is a peaceful country.”
Armenia broke out a lengthy war against Azerbaijan by laying territorial claims on its South Caucasus neighbor. Since a war in the early 1990s, Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan's territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and over 1 million were displaced as a result of the large-scale hostilities.
Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding districts.
Baku has repeatedly expressed its consent to come to the negotiating table with Yerevan to solve the conflict by peaceful means, but Armenia continues to play for time and avoids substantive negotiations in order to preserve the inadmissible status quo in Nagorno-Karabakh.
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