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Karabakh conflict can be settled by political means only - Iranian president

November 12, 2014, 23:02 UTC+3 BAKU
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BAKU, November 12. /TASS/. Conflict in Nagorny Karabakh, a predominantly Armenian-populated region of Azerbaijan that has been staying under de facto control by Armenia since the early 1990’s can be settled by political means only, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said here on Wednesday after talks with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev.

Iranian government is confident that there is no military solution to the Karabakh problem, he said, adding that Teheran does not like the quo status in this frozen conflict, which sparked off at the end of the 1980’s when both Armenia and Azerbaijan were still constituent republics of the Soviet Union.

Iran would like to see peace, fairness, stability, and friendship in the region, Rouhani said. He made known his country’s readiness to take any steps towards this objective, including the ones that could be taken in the format of international organizations.

Ilham Aliev said on his part “settlement of this conflict along the principle of territorial integrity will bring peace to the region.” “There’s no other solution,” he said

Azerbaijan and Iran signed five documents upon the completion of bilateral talks on Wednesday. The package includes an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in informational and communications technologies, as well as the memoranda on regulation of river flows, operations of coastal guard, and R & D in alternative and renewable sources of energy.

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