07:10 GMT13 August 2020
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    Tehran stands for the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday.

    BAKU (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev explained Baku's position on the Nagorno-Karabakh issue to his Iranian counterpart during their bilateral meeting earlier in the day, according to reports in local media.

    "We hope peace and stability will be restored in the region. Every problem must have its solution through peaceful means. Iran has always supported Azerbaijan's territorial integrity and advocated a peaceful settlement to the issue," Rouhani told press conference in Baku, as quoted by the APA new agency.

    Armenia and Azerbaijan have been engaged in a dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh since 1988, when the autonomous region left the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic and proclaimed independence after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. The secession triggered a war that lasted until a Russia-brokered ceasefire was signed in 1994.

    On April 2, tensions in Nagorno-Karabakh, an Azerbaijani breakaway region with a predominantly Armenian population, escalated. Baku and Yerevan accused each other of provoking the hostilities, however, the sides succeeded in reaching a ceasefire agreement on April 5, which has been followed by near-daily reports of truce violations.

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    territorial integrity, Hassan Rouhani, Ilham Aliyev, Iran, Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan
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