Published on Apr 5, 2016
Armenian officials in the region have expressed hope that the situation will stabilize. Azerbaijan has also confirmed the ceasefire in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, which is claimed by Baku but is under the control of the ethnic Armenians. Both sides announced that military operations were halted as of 0800 GMT on Tuesday. The two sides have engaged in heavy fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh over the past few days. The violence, which is described as the worst since the 1994 war, has claimed dozens of lives on both sides. The ceasefire comes after several countries, including Russia, Ukraine, and Iran expressed grave concern over the escalation of the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Iranian Foreign Minister made the remarks ahead of tri-lateral talks between the foreign ministers of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Iran in the northern Iranian resort city of Ramsar. Zarif said he talked with Armenia’s foreign minister over the phone before going to Ramsar and also pushed for an end to the conflict in talks with Azerbaijan’s top diplomat in the city. The fourth meeting of Iran, Turkey, and Azerbaijan had been arranged before the escalation of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh over the weekend.