Iran warns of changing international borders in Caucasus region
Tehran – A senior Iranian lawmaker has warned against any efforts to change international borders in the South Caucasus region, saying Iran will not agree to such a thing after the border tensions between the Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Lawmaker Mojtaba Zolnouri, who heads the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said Tehran has made it clear that it will not accept any changes to international borders in the region.
“The position of the Islamic Republic of Iran is very clear, unequivocal and decisive. We do not accept any changes in the borders of the region. The territorial integrity of the countries of the region must be preserved. At the same time, we do not accept the deployment of any supra-regional force near our borders, ”Zolnouri told news from the Russian state, Sputnik.
“Therefore, if part of Armenian territory is to be taken and our border conditions change, ie having a new neighbor, it is not acceptable to us. The existing borders must be completely protected and the common border of the Islamic Republic of Iran with Armenia must be maintained ”, he continued.
The comments came after Armenia claimed that Azerbaijani forces had advanced into its sovereign territory in Syunik province. Azerbaijan confirmed that it had deployed troops on the borders with Armenia, but said its forces did not enter Armenian territories.
Zolnouri said Iran supports the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and Armenia. “We support Azerbaijan’s position in preserving the territorial integrity of this country and Armenia’s position in preserving territorial integrity, territory and neighborhood with Iran. We are neighbors of the two countries and based on the conditions we had in the past, the two countries are considered as our neighbors, and by maintaining this neighborhood without accepting any changes in the region, we support the territorial integrity of both countries », The legislator is noted.
Zolnouri also accused Israel of trying to “create strife between countries in the region and cloud the waters in order to fish in the murky waters.”
Israel is doing it to intervene later in the region, he said.
The lawmaker said that Takfiri terrorist groups are organized near Iran’s borders with the help of Israel and some countries in the region, and this issue is very sensitive in Iran’s eyes and will not allow let that happen.
“Any insecurity at our borders will be treated severely and there is no way for foreigners to enter this area,” he said.