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Iran ambassador to Baku: U.S. can't easily bridge Azerbaijan for goals

TEHRAN, Jun.18 (ISNA)-Iran's ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan said that settlement of world powers in the region, particularly in Azerbaijan was not easily obtainable.

Naser Hamidizare

Referring to the recent U.S. scheme to use a radar station in Azerbaijan for missile defense against Middle East, Naser Hamidizare commented that "launching its defense missile in the security boundaries of Europe" was what the U.S. was obviously after.

"By carrying out this plan, U.S. defense fort draws closer to Russia and the result is distortion of the new power composition of Republics in the region," he told ISNA.

He noted that after the fall of the USSR, Russia had unsuccessfully tried to rest within the security circle of the West.

"Russia is gradually drawing away from the security systems in the region and this is why it has recently started to declare its strategies openly," he said.

He further said that convincing other countries to provide others with their land and human force was not an easily obtainable task in the world today.

"Settlement of world powers in the region, particularly in Azerbaijan is not easily obtainable," said Hamidizare while noting the possibility that the U.S. may use Azerbaijan as a bridge to fulfill its goals.

In another part of his talk, Hamidizare asserted that if the present methods did not settle the Karabakh issue, then the government of Azerbaijan would take action on its own to reclaim its lost lands.

He said the Karabakh crisis could not be dealt with as "temporary" because history of the land in which it is located shows that world powers have taken action in this region based on their macro-policies.

Karabakh broke away in the late 1980s, triggering a war between separatists and the Azeri state between 1992 and 1994. More than 35,000 people were killed.

Since the war, the enclave and lands around it have been controlled by a separatist army, backed by Armenian volunteers.

"In the new geopolitical composition of maps, 20 percent of the Azerbaijan land is conferred to Armenia. That wouldn't have happened without the support of world powers. Today with the rise of crisis, the Azerbaijani people have come to realize that they are being treated such because they are Muslims," said Hamidizare.

He further added that Azerbaijan had called for the West and the Minsk group to resolve the issue via peace and negotiations.

"They hope to get back their lands but if the present methods do not settle the issue, the government has declared to take action on its own to reclaim its lost lands," he reiterated.

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