Iran claims Azerbaijan emerged on historic Iranian land - expert

March 31, 2012 - 13:46 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net - Following the deterioration of bilateral relations
between Iran and Azerbaijan, statements claiming that Azerbaijan, as a
state, emerged only in 1918, gain official voicing, expert in Iranian
studies said.

`Iranian officials often refer to Azerbaijan as former Iranian
territory,' Armen Israelyan told a press conference in Yerevan.

Iran's representatives claim that Azerbaijan emerged in the territory
of historic Iranian Shirvan province.

Besides, Iran repeatedly speaks of violations of rights and pressures
against national minorities in Azerbaijan. Some officials hint that
Azerbaijan further distances itself from the Nagorno Karabakh conflict
resolution, the expert said.

Israelyan believes that Armenia must use the situation to deepen and
develop its ties with Iran.

From: Baghdasarian