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Iran urges Armenia and Azerbaijan to negotiate to achieve peace

  • by Marianna Mkrtchyan

  • Monday, August 4, 14:42

Iran has called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to hold talks and reach an agreement following a sharp escalation of fighting between the two countries over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, IRNA reports. 

Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said on Sunday that the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia has no "military solution."
She expressed regret over casualties in the recent tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia and said Iran is concerned about skirmishes between the two sides.
Afkham invited both Armenia and Azerbaijan to exercise restraint.

Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan plan to meet in Sochi on 8-9 August.  It is noteworthy that there is upsurge in tensions in the Karabakh conflict zone.

 Azerbaijan made several sabotage attacks last week. Both the sides suffered casualties.  Azerbaijan lost 25 soldiers. There were 5 deaths on the Armenian side.The U.S. Department of State, Russian Foreign Ministry, OSCE CiO as well as OSCE Minsk Group Co- Chairs expressed deep concern over escalating tensions and urge the parties to respect the ceasefire agreement and take steps to defuse tension.

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