An ethnic Armenian soldier firing artillery toward Azerbaijani positions during fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh region on September 28.

The UN Security Council has called on Armenian and Azerbaijani forces to "immediately stop fighting" over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh after three days of clashes.

Iran Press/Asia: A statement unanimously approved by the 15-member council on September 29 also voiced support for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s call for the sides to de-escalate tensions and return to meaningful negotiations.

The council “expressed concern over reports of large-scale military actions along the Line of Contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone" and "strongly condemn the use of force."The statement comes as the fighting raised fears of an outbreak of new, full-scale war between Armenia and Azerbaijan and threatened to draw in Russia and regional power Turkey. Armenia said earlier that a Turkish F-16 fighter jet shot down one of its warplanes, a claim that Ankara and Baku denied.

An Armenian Defense Ministry spokeswoman said in a statement that a Sukhoi Su-25 flown by Armenia’s air force had been on a military assignment in Armenian airspace when it was downed by an F-16 jet owned by the Turkish air force. Much of NATO member Turkey's air power is US-made.

Clashes between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia in the Nagorno-Karabakh region resumed on Sunday morning and have so far left a number of people dead.

The conflict between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region began in 1988 and escalated into a military conflict in 1992, which resulted in the occupation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region of the Republic of Azerbaijan and seven neighboring cities by Armenian forces.

So far, many countries, including the Islamic Republic of Iran, have called for an end to the conflict and the start of talks between Baku and Yerevan.

Earlier, in a telephone conversation with his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts, the Iranian Foreign Minister called on the two sides to show restraint, a ceasefire, and an immediate end to hostilities, as well as the start of negotiations within the framework of international law.

Also, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iran is ready to provide good offices to enable talks between Baku and Yerevan.


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