Iran’s intention, or to be more exact, her wish to participate in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict regulation must be viewed from the point of view of its striving to become the regional power-holder. “Iran was a mediator in the regulation of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, but unfortunately under the outer pressure our country was debarred from mediation,” announced the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the month of June in Baku. According to him, if there is a suggestion from both parties, his country is ready to take the responsibility of the mediator in the regulation process of the conflict. “Although, I do not consider the work of the OSCE Minsk Group satisfactory, Iran supports the negotiations in these frames,” said the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran.
The official Baku reacted very quickly. “Baku is not against mediation of Iran in the regulation of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Taking into consideration the recourses that Iran possesses, the official Tehran may assist the regulation process, if the right messages are sent to Armenia,” said the press-secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Khazar Ibrahim. Let us leave it to Ibrahim to decide what is meant by this “right messages”, which Tehran is going to send to Armenia. However, there is one truth to be reminded, and we must say that a diplomat of his rank cannot be ignorant of such a truth. The Islamic Republic of Iran cannot be a mediator in the regulation of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. “Iran simply cannot join the negotiation process. Iran is not included in the OSCE Minsk Group. Moreover, she is in very complicated relations with the USA, an OSCE Minsk Group co-chair. The announcement of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran in this case must be taken with one correction, in which country he said this, and why,” says the political scientist Alexander Iskandaryan.
Azerbaijan’s vain attempts of bringing the work of the OSCE Minsk Group to zero will hardly bring to the desired results. And Iran definitely will not play all these games at least for one simple reason; it has enough problems of its own to solve. Baku perhaps thinks that the regulation of the conflict failed to reach to the UNO, so we must try on the regional level. Moreover, when there are all Islamic countries all around us, most of which are members of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC). However, Azerbaijan forgets that there is also the League of Arab States, where Armenia has the status of an observer. After all, if Azerbaijan turns to OIC, what will keep away Armenia from turning to the League of Arab States and show the Arab states its real position in Karabakh conflict regulation? It’s as simple as that, the closer the presidential elections of Azerbaijan are, the more aggressive the comments of the official Baku regarding the conflict and Armenia itself becomes.