Iran “seriously” warned Armenia and Azerbaijan about the violation of its soil after several rockets fired by warring sides in the Nagorno-Karabakh region landed in the country’s northwestern villages.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh on Saturday noted that Iran is seriously monitoring the movements at its border areas following a recent flare-up between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed region, according to the Foreign Ministry’s official website.
Khatibzadeh underlined that any violation of the Iranian soil by any warring side in the region would be “intolerable“, adding, “We seriously warn all sides to take the necessary precautions in this regard,” Tasnim News Agency wrote.
The Iranian spokesman further reiterated the need for respecting Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity, observing the principle of protection of civilians, halting the clashes, and starting serious and scheduled negotiations.
Khatibzadeh also expressed Iran’s readiness to help achieve those objectives.
His remarks came after officials in Iran’s northwestern province of East Azarbaijan reported that rockets fired by the warring sides in the Nagorno-Karabakh region hit villages in Iran’s northwestern town of Khoda-Afarin, according to IRNA.
The city’s representative in Iran’s Parliament Hossein Hatami said on Friday the rockets wounded a child and inflicted damage to two residential buildings in the border villages.
Hatami called for measures by the Foreign Ministry to prevent the repetition of such damages to the Iranian citizens in the areas bordering the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Baku and Yerevan have for decades been locked in a simmering conflict over the ethnic Armenian province that broke away from Azerbaijan in a bitterly fought war in the 1990s.
New fighting that erupted last Sunday has been the heaviest in decades.