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06 October 2020 [16:24] - Today.Az
Iran always emphasizes and supports the protection of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity in accordance with the UN Charter and international rules, Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei said at press conference, Trend reports citing Iranian government’s official website.
According to the spokesman, Iran insists on the liberation of the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.
Rabiei stressed that “Karabakh belongs to Azerbaijan”.
Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars and artillery on Sept. 27.
Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front. As a result of retaliation, Azerbaijani troops liberated a number of territories previously occupied by Armenia, as well as take important, strategic heights under control.
The fighting continued into October 2020, in the early days of which Armenia launched missile attacks on Azerbaijani cities of Ganja, Mingachevir, Khizi as well as Absheron district.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding districts.