Armenian, Iranian defense chiefs voice concern over situation in Karabakh


Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan and Iran’s Minister of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics Hossein Dehghan have discussed the recent escalation of the situation at the line of contact between Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan.

The meeting took place on April 27 on the margins of an international conference on security issues, which is annually held in Moscow.

According to the Armenian Defense Ministry’s official website, the parties expressed concern over the worsening of the situation at the line of contact between Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijani forces and stressed the necessity of de-escalation and establishment of mutual confidence.

In addition, the parties stated that the results of April’s four-day war proved once again the impossibility of a military solution to the Karabakh conflict.

During the meeting the two defense chiefs also touched upon the current state of cooperation between the defense ministries of the two countries and issues related to the future development prospects.

After the latest flare-up of violence in Nagorno-Karabakh on April 2, Iran has been calling upon the conflicting sides to exercise restraint. In early April Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif urged the parties to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through peaceful negotiations.

During a telephone conversation with his Armenian counterpart, he stressed the importance of a peaceful settlement of the conflict and a ceasefire, which would restore peace to the region.

Iran has also repeatedly stated about its readiness to act as a mediator, seeing a possible resolution of the conflict through negotiations within the OSCE Minsk Group and international organizations.