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Iranian Leader Tells Armenia, Azerbaijan To Honor Truce


Nagorno-Karabakh -- A tank of the self-defense army of Nagorno-Karabakh moves on the road near the village of Mataghis, April 6, 2016

Nagorno-Karabakh -- A tank of the self-defense army of Nagorno-Karabakh moves on the road near the village of Mataghis, April 6, 2016

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani reportedly urged the parties to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to honor a ceasefire agreement reached by them when he telephoned his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts on Wednesday.

According to the “Tehran Times” daily, Rouhani told Presidents Serzh Sarkisian and Ilham Aliyev that a resumption of hostilities in and around Karabakh “would not be in the interests of all regional countries, especially the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia.”

“The region is already facing great crises, and terrorists and their supporters are seeking to spread them to the entire region,” the English-language paper quoted him as saying.

Rouhani was also reported to express Iran’s readiness to help Armenia and Azerbaijan achieve a peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict.

“President Rouhani noted that there can be no military solution to the Karabakh problem,” Sarkisian’s office said in a readout of the phone conversation between the two men. It said they agreed on the need to revive the Karabakh peace process.

Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan similarly phoned his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts on Sunday, the day after Azerbaijan launched offensive military operations along the Karabakh “line of contact.” He urged an immediate end to hostilities there, saying that they are a “source of deep concern” for the Islamic Republic.

A section of the Karabakh frontline adjacent to Iran has been one of the two epicenters of heavy fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces.

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