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16:16 | 2012-10-12

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Iran Calls on Turkey, Syria to Avoid Confrontation

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran once again asked Turkey and Syria to exercise self-restraint and avoid confrontation, and cautioned that confrontation between the two nations would harm the interests of all the regional states.

Speaking to reporters in Kazakhstan's capital city of Astana on Thursday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast has called on Syria and Turkey to exercise restraint with regard to their existing disputes.

"The two countries should prevent confrontation in the region by applying restraint," Mehman-Parast underscored.

He insisted that the root cause of the rising tension between Ankara and Damascus should be identified.

Mehman-Parast noted that dispute and confrontation run counter to the interests of the regional countries and reaffirmed Iran's determination to help restore stability and security across the Middle East.

The border conflicts between Turkey and Syria started on October 3, when a mortar hit the border town of Akcakale in Southern Turkey.

It was not clear who fired the mortar into Turkey, but security sources said it had come from near Tel Abyad and that Turkey was increasing the number of troops along its border.

Syria says it is investigating the source of the mortar bomb and urged restraint. Information Minister Omran Zoabi conveyed his condolences to the Turkish people, saying his country respected the sovereignty of neighboring countries.

But, Turkey fired artillery and mortars at targets inside Syria this week.

Since the beginning of unrests in Syria in March 2011, Turkey has tried hard to intensify the crisis in Syria by training terrorists and sending weapons to the Arab country. Such behavior resulted in further problems for the government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in its relations with its neighbors.