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Tehran invites Baku, Yerevan to restraint amid regional tensions

3 April 2016 10:05 (UTC+04:00)
Tehran invites Baku, Yerevan to restraint amid regional tensions

Iran's Foreign Ministry urged Azerbaijan and Armenia to show restraint and avoid any move that can escalate their tensions, Irna reported.

'We invite both of our northern neighbors to restraint and avoiding any action than can turn the situation more difficult,' spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari said.

'Hearing of escalation of clashes in Nagorno Karabakh region between Azerbaijan and Armenia is source of deep concern for the Islamic Republic of Iran,' he added.

'We urge Azerbaijan and Armenia to cease clashes promptly and use all their might to restore tranquility and peaceful settlement of differences within the peace groups and under the United Nation,' the spokesman said.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.

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