Fars News Agency, Iran
Aug 2 2014

Iran Reiterates Peaceful Settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh Dispute

"The Islamic Republic of Iran seeks a peaceful settlement of the
Karabakh dispute within the framework of the Republic of Azerbaijan's
territorial integrity," Iranian Ambassador to Baku Mohsen Pakayeen

"Generally speaking, we believe that conflict and confrontation is not
in the interest of the security in the region," he added.

Pakayeen announced Iran's readiness to mediate in the settlement of
the dispute as the rotating president of the Non-Aligned Movement
(NAM), and said the presence of the Organization of the Islamic
Cooperation (OIC) can also be fruitful in this regard.

Despite facing strong international pressure, the Armenian and
Azerbaijani leaders have failed to agree on the basic principles of
ending the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict put forward by Russia, the United
States and France in 2011.

Armenia and Azerbaijan thus remain officially at war over
Nagorno-Karabakh and the dispute is a major source of tension in the
South Caucasus region wedged between Iran, Russia and Turkey.

No country - not even Armenia - officially recognizes Karabakh as an
independent state.

The mountainous rebel region has been controlled by ethnic Armenians
since it broke free of Baku's control after a fierce war in the early
1990s that killed 30,000 people.

From: A. Papazian