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Baku welcomes Iran’s mediation plan

Baku has welcomed an initiative by Tehran for resolving the dispute between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, Azeri media report.

“I would like to remind that Iran is a country that participated in the negotiation process to resolve this conflict, being on the position of supporting the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan,” said Foreign Ministry Spokesman Elkhan Polukhov, quoted by Azeri news agency Trend.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has suggested a trilateral meeting involving the foreign ministers of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Iran.

“The Karabakh conflict can be resolved through negotiations and on the basis of justice,” Mottaki said.

Both Azerbaijan and Armenia claim the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, which is largely populated by Armenians but located in Azerbaijan.

Armenia took control of Nagorno-Karabakh after a short but bloody war with Azerbaijan that left around 30,000 people dead in the early 1990s.

A ceasefire was agreed to in 1994, but the dispute remains unresolved despite years of international mediations.

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