News ID: 275236
Published: 1054 GMT October 07, 2020

Rouhani warns against turning Karabakh conflict into a regional war

Rouhani warns against turning Karabakh conflict into a regional war

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran on Wednesday expressed deep concern about vicious cycle of violence in Karabakh, saying that the conflict should come to an immediate end and not to spread to the region.

Speaking during a cabinet session, the president said Iran will not tolerate that its territorial lands be hit by shelling of the warring sides of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, IRNA reported.

“This is not acceptable for us that artillery shells and mortars hit the Iranian soil, and we expect our both neighboring states with whom we have good relations to pay due attention to this issue, the Azerbaijan Republic as our brother and Armenia as our neighbor,” Rouhani stressed.

He was referring to an incident which took place on Saturday when five rockets fired by warring sides in the Nagorno-Karabakh region hit villages in Iran’s northwestern town of Khoda-Afarin in East Azarbaijan Province.

The rockets wounded a child and inflicted damage to two residential buildings in the border villages.

Since late September, heavy clashes have been underway between Azerbaijani and Armenian military forces over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Both sides blame each other for initiating the fighting in the Caucasus Mountains.

Iran has repeatedly expressed concern over the escalating situation in the region and senior officials of the country made separate contacts with their counterparts from Azerbaijan and Armenia.

 Iranian and Russian foreign ministers stressed, in their second phone call this week on Tuesday, the need to solve the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through diplomatic and political solutions.

Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov expressed concern over the unprecedented escalation of tensions in the disputed zone warning about the danger of engagement of radical militants from illegal armed groups in Syria and Libya in the conflict.

Commenting on transferring terrorist elements to the region from other countries, President Rouhani cautioned those who “fan the flames of war” in the two warring sides that “the war will favor no one.”

“It is not acceptable for Iran that certain countries are transferring terrorist elements from Syria and other places to this region which is close to the Iranian border,” the president said, adding that Iran has conveyed this message to the officials from both Azerbaijan and Armenia.

He added, "Nothing can be resolved by conflict and bloodshed."


Resource: IRNA
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