Armenia ready for ‘mutual concessions’ with Azerbaijan

  • Fighting in Nagorno Karabakh spills into the 10th day
  • Syrian president says he can confirm fighters from Syria were deployed in Nagorno-Karabakh
  • Armenia will make “mutual concessions” if Azerbaijan is ready to do the same.

    19:25 GMT – Iran concerned about ‘regional war’

    Iran is concerned that the potential involvement of several foreign fighters in the conflict over the contested region of Nagorno-Karabakh could lead to “regional war”, President Hassan Rouhani has told his Azerbaijani counterpart.

    “The security, stability and calm in the region, especially in Iran’s northern borders, is extremely important to us,” Rouhani told Ilham Aliyev in a phone call. “This conflict and persistence of border insecurity must not create the grounds for infiltration of terrorist groups,” he was quoted as saying by the president’s website.

    Rouhani also told Aliyev Iran continues to be ready for conflict resolution through holding talks based on international laws and respect for the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. Aliyev reportedly welcomed Iran’s stance, saying Azerbaijan appreciates Iranian concerns over regional instability.

    “Iran’s security is Azerbaijan’s security,” he was quoted as saying. “We will not allow this conflict to create insecurity in neighbouring countries”.

    18:15 GMT – Armenia ‘confident’ Russia will defend it if necessary: PM

    Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said Tuesday that he was sure Russia would come to its defence if necessary in its conflict with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh.

    “In case of a security threat to Armenia, Russia’s engagement will be subject to our treaty framework,” Pashinyan told AFP news agency in an interview in Yerevan.

    “I am confident that as per the situation, Russia will uphold its treaty obligations.”

    17:02 GMT – Armenia ready for ‘mutual concessions’ with Azerbaijan on Karabakh: PM

    Armenia is ready to make concessions in its conflict with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said Tuesday, but only if Baku is willing to do the same.

    “Conflicts need to be resolved on the basis of mutual concessions,” Pashinyan told the AFP news agency in an interview in Yerevan.

    “Nagorno-Karabakh is ready, and Armenia is ready, to mirror the concessions that Azerbaijan is ready to make.”

    15:40 GMT – Russia, Iran concerned about risk of foreign fighters in Nagorno-Karabakh

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed concern over the potential involvement of Syrian and Libyan fighters in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Russia’s foreign ministry said.

    During their phone call, their second since Friday, the ministers also expressed “serious concern about the unprecedented escalation around the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” the ministry said.

    15:20 GMT – Turkey’s alliance with Azerbaijan could impact ceasefire talks – expert

    Azerbaijan’s key ally Turkey could help bring start negotiations on a ceasefire, King’s College professor Domitilla Sagramoso told Al Jazeera from London amid Turkish foreign ministers visit to Azerbaijan.

    “I hope this is going to be a conversation where the decision is to try and stop the violence and reduce the intensity of the conflict”, she said. noting that the Turkish position has been very much in support of Azerbaijan military situation. Sagramoso hoped Turkey would exert some type of pressure on Baku and President Ilham Iliyev to push for negotiations “on a ceasefire and the doors are open for some meaningful talks about the future of the region”.

    “I think the situation is extremely dangerous and volatile and this war could go on and on,” Sagramoso added. Speaking during a visit to the Azeri capital Baku, Cavusoglu said a ceasefire alone would not be sufficient to end the fighting.

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