Iran to Propose its own Initiative for Karabakh Resolution

TEHRAN–Iran will soon present to Russia and the three South Caucasus countries its own proposal for resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Shekholislam said on Thursday, IRNA news reported.

The draft proposal is ready and will be forwarded to the ambassadors of the four countries once Tehran has considered suggestion from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, Sheikholislam said during the International Conference of Central Asia and Caucasus.

Sheikholislam said Iran has been consulting with “experts” from the four countries on their “views” of the underlying roots of the conflict.

"We are now finalizing the content of the proposal and adding some details," he said. “After finalizing the proposal we will give it to Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.”

But he did not give exact details as to when final proposal will be submitted.

"After Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki’s visit to the Caucasus, the countries of the region agreed that Iran will prepare a crisis resolving plan." He said, noting that the foreign ministers of Turkey and Iran met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on September 24 to discuss the situation in the Caucasus.

Iran is currently not considered by Turkey for membership in its proposed “Caucasus Stability and Cooperation Platform.”

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