Neighbors’ Reaction: Georgia, Iran call for Karabakh calm

Neighbors of Armenia and Azerbaijan to the north and south have issued more calls for the conflicting parties to deescalate the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh that has seen deadly fighting since April 2.

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili called on Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and his Azerbaijan counterpart Ilham Aliyev to do everything for putting an end to the current escalation. The Georgian leader made the statement during an event in Tbilisi held today within the framework of a NATO week in this country.

Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Javad Zarif, meanwhile, reportedly held a telephone conversation with his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian during which he stressed the need to halt the clashes and establish tranquility in the region.

Iran, which immediately borders on the conflict zone, will host a trilateral meeting of the foreign ministers of Iran, Azerbaijan and Turkey on April 5-6 and the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh is expected to feature prominently during the discussions.

On Monday, in their telephone conversations Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly condemned attempts by certain ‘external players’ to “whip up the standoff around Karabakh.”

The top Russian and American diplomats did not name names in their statements, but some analysts interpret it as a message to Turkey and possibly Iran.