Iran urges Armenia, Azerbaijan to end hostilities

By Asbarez | Monday, 27 February 2017

TEHRAN, Iran (Tehran Times) —The Iranian Foreign Ministry late on Sunday called on neighboring Armenia and the Azerbaijan Republic to settle the conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh issue through dialogue, ISNA reported.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran urges its two northern neighbors to exercise restraint and advises the two sides to make concerted efforts to restore peace and resolve the conflicts through dialogue,” Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi insisted in a statement as tensions between the two countries escalated again.

It came after Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense issued a statement confirming that a new skirmish erupted between Azerbaijan and Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh on Saturday, leading to death of forces from Azerbaijan.

“On February 25, military units of the Azeri armed forces destroyed the permanent firing position, shelling positions and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) of the Armenian side,” the statement read.

The spokesman further expressed hope that the international community would help put an end to the conflict.

He also voiced Iran’s readiness to assist and cooperate with both sides to help restore peace to the region.