ArmInfo.Another confirmation of the unacceptability of the use of force and deployment of peacekeepers in Karabakh is based on the interests of Armenia and Artsakh. Stepan Grigoryan, head of the Analytical Center for Globalization and Regional Cooperation, expressed his opinion to ArmInfo.
On August 6, at a meeting with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan in Tehran, the re-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, stressing the importance of peace and stability in the region, said that the Karabakh issue can be resolved solely through political means. Rouhani also highly appreciated the presence at the inauguration of Iran's good friend - the President of Armenia.
"Thus, the President of Iran once again confirmed the unacceptability of the use of force and the deployment of peacekeepers for the settlement of the Karabakh conflict, I am deeply convinced that such a statement, actually directed against the violent version of the resolution of the Karabakh conflict, Rouhani's statement has nothing to do with the formalities and is addressed primarily to the leadership of Azerbaijan," he said.
Grigoryan considers the Teheran's message to Baku to be especially relevant against the backdrop of periodic threats from Azerbaijan, to resolve the Karabakh problem through the use or threat of use of force.
"Iran's categorical disagreement with the deployment of any foreign military forces around Nagorno- Karabakh by any pretext does not contradict the interests of the Armenian states, and therefore it is not necessary to underestimate Tehran's statements of Rouhani," the political scientist summed up.
After the Sargsyan-Rouhani meeting on August 7, at a briefing in Tehran, the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Bahram Kasemi, noting Tehran's interest in the settlement of the Karabakh conflict, called upon Armenia and Azerbaijan to dialogue. "We expect that they will be able to overcome existing disagreements, and the settlement of the conflict will strengthen stability and security in the region."
Noting that Teheran "closely monitor the ongoing processes in the region," Kasemi said that Iran will not allow the conflict in the neighboring territories to damage the Iranian population. He also recalled that the prospect of involving third forces in the Karabakh settlement remains a subject of constant concern for Tehran.