Iran won’t allow presence of terrorists near borders
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has recently warned about the transfer of ISIS remnants to the Nagorno-Karabkh area amid current fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia, stating that the Islamic Republic of Iran will never tolerate the presence of Takfiri terrorist groups in the vicinity of its borders.
Speaking to the IRIB news agency on Sunday, Zarif remarked that Iran was almost certain about the presence of terrorist elements in the Karabakh battle, stressing that the current situation was not in any side's interest.
“In recent talks and even before, we informed the officials of Azerbaijan and Armenia, as well as those of Russia and Turkey, that the Islamic Republic of Iran will not tolerate such a thing,” he said.
"Currently, these terrorists are not present along our borders, but the probability that they will be present at a distance from our frontiers is still high, and we have declared this concern to both sides."
The South Caucasus enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh is globally recognized as being part of Azerbaijan, yet it is populated and controlled by ethnic Armenians.
For years, the two former soviet republics have been locked in a serious conflict over the disputed region. Even though a ceasefire was agreed in 1994, Baku and Yerevan still continue to accuse each other of shooting attacks around the disputed area.
The fresh Karabakh escalation started on September 27. It has been considered as the worst fighting to plague Karabakh since 1992, when Armenians invaded the region and basically forced Azeris into a retreat.
Over 1,000 people, including more than a 100 civilians, have reportedly been killed in the violence.
Unfortunately, a number of stray shells and projectiles have crossed the Iranian border, causing stern warnings from Iran.
Some reports have come out about the deployment of terrorist groups from Syria and Iraq to the conflict zone near the Iranian border.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Zarif sketched Iran’s peace plan aimed at putting an end to the Karabakh conflict and bring about the withdrawal of occupying forces from the occupied region.
"We believe that the countries in the region will see the most damage in this war, and [thus] they can have the greatest impact on ending the war in the region," he stated.
Additionally, earlier this week Abbas Araqchi, , Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, concluded a tour of Azerbaijan, Russia, Armenia as well as Turkey to promote Tehran’s plan for the peaceful resolution of the crisis.
Zarif also stated that Iran was now waiting for those countries to give their opinion on the proposal, which guarantees the people’s rights and asks for the establishment of communication channels under the careful supervision of regional states.