Iran welcomed the establishment of a humanitarian cease-fire between Armenia and Azerbaijan in fighting over the Karabakh-Nagorno region, which came into effect on Sunday.
Head of Iran-Armenia Parliamentary Friendship Group Mehdi Farshadan in a meeting with Armenian Ambassador to Tehran Artashes Tumanian on Sunday expressed hope that the two sides would return to the negotiating table and settle their dispute over the region, according to IRNA.
Iran has repeatedly voiced its readiness to mediate between Armenia and Azerbaijan to resolve their differences over the region, which has been the scene of deadly confrontation between the two former Soviet republics.
During the talks on Sunday, the Armenian ambassador welcomed approaches adopted by the “impartial countries” to help Baku and Yerevan resolve their long-standing dispute.
Nagorno-Karabakh is internationally recognized as part of the Republic of Azerbaijan, but it has been under Armenia’s control since the early 1990s. The territory declared independence from Azerbaijan in 1991.
For years, the two neighbors have been locked in a conflict over Azerbaijan’s breakaway, mainly ethnic Armenian region of Nagorno-Karabakh. A cease-fire agreed in 1994 failed to end the conflict.
The recent clashes, the worst in decades, erupted on September 27, with each side accusing the other of instigating the fighting.
More than 700 have been killed since last month.