In a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said that Baku has been conducting a counter-offensive operation on the entire front line in Nagorno Karabakh region since September 27, the Interfax Azerbaijan reports.
A part of the Iran-Azerbaijan border, previously controlled by Armenia, has been liberated, Ilham Aliyev said. The Azerbaijani leader said that Baku would place border guards on these sites and create infrastructure. Ilham Aliyev stressed that Yerevan’s aggression and provocations are the main obstacles to peace and security in the region.
Ilham Aliyev said that he understands the Iranian president’s concerns about the security of the country’s borders, and said that Azerbaijan considers Iran’s security as its own and won’t allow this conflict [in the Nagorno Karabakh] to cause insecurity in neighboring countries, the Iranian president’s website says.
Open clashes resumed in Nagorno Karabakh on September 27. In his televised address, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev accused Yerevan of shelling residential settlements and the Azerbaijani army’s positions in various directions. He added that Armenian provocations recently became regular.
The current stage of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan has been ongoing for three decades. As a result of the Karabakh war of 1992-1994, nearly 20% of Azerbaijani territory is under occupation and controlled by the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh republic. Armenian soldiers are present there on a rotational basis. Yerevan neither admit it officially nor conceal it.
The international community recognizes these lands as part of Azerbaijan and supports the continuation of the negotiation process while opposing any attempts to resolve the territorial dispute through force. Baku and Yerevan repeatedly stated readiness for a compromised solution, but many fundamental disagreements keep the conflict frozen.
NEWS.ru reported earlier that Azerbaijan threatened to respond if Armenia used Iskander missile complexes.