Trend, Azerbaijan
July 2 2011

Top official: Iran can mediate in Karabakh conflict resolution, if
Azerbaijan interested in this (UPDATE)

[02.07.2011 12:06]
Details added (the first version was posted at 10:57)

Azerbaijan, Baku, July 2 / Trend T.Jafarov /

Iran can become a mediator in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
resolution, if Azerbaijan is interested in it, Iranian Parliamentary
Speaker Ali Larijani said at a press-conference in Baku today.

"The Karabakh conflict should be resolved within Azerbaijan's
territorial integrity through negotiations and with the participation
of the regional countries. Major countries think only about their
interests, and they play for their own interests instead of solving
the problems," he said.

Larijani also answered a question about the Iranian Parliament's
position regarding the destruction of historical and Islamic monuments
in Karabakh. "If our friendly country- Azerbaijan -develops a
political format to resolve this issue, Iran is ready to provide
support in this format", he said.

He also voiced his attitude to the issue of deploying international
peacekeeping forces in Nagorno-Karabakh.

"We should not seek to choose the worst way to resolve the conflict,
to address which more logical ways exist. It would be more logical if
the parties achieved consensus. Achievement of an agreement between
the parties with the regional countries' mediation also would be
nice," Larijani stated.

He said the deployment of peacekeepers in Nagorno Karabakh will
further complicate the problem.

"Some major countries use the international organizations as a tool in
their hands. Theretofore, it is unknown what will be the future
deployment of international peacekeeping forces in the region. If the
international organization and structures were truly independent and
not a tool in someone's hands, the deployment of peacekeepers could be
a way to resolve the conflict. At the moment, we do not see the
independence of international organizations, and sometimes these
international forces further complicate the problem. It is therefore
necessary to create conditions for the use of different ways to
resolve the conflict," he added.

Larijani kicked off his visit to Azerbaijan on Friday. Larijani is
visiting Azerbaijan on invitation from the Azerbaijani Parliamentary
Speaker Ogtay Asadov. The visit aimed to enhance Iranian-Azerbaijani
inter-parliamentary cooperation.

He met with Asadov, Prime Minister Artur Rasizade, and the country's
other officials in Baku.
Larijani's visit to Azerbaijan was initially scheduled for February
however, it was postponed due to his busy work schedule.

From: A. Papazian