CIS Muslims Advisory Council to prioritize Nagorno-Karabakh problem: Caucasus Muslims Clerical Office

Azerbaijan Materials 22 June 2009 14:34 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, June 22 / Trend ,U. Ismayilova/

Resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem will be chief aim of the CIS Muslims Advisory Council, Caucasus Muslims Clerical Board Deputy Chairman Sabir Hasanli said.

"Resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will be priority of discussions by the future organization," he said.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.

Earlier last week Caucasus Muslims Clerical Office Chairman Allahshukur Pashazade proposed to establish CIS Muslims Advisory Council at a conference "CIS Muslims Support Inter-Confessional and International Consent" in Moscow.

The conference was initiated by the Supreme Council of CIS Muslims and international Islamic mission. Over 40 Muslim religious figures from 8 CIS member states and heads of Russian traditional confessions participated.

Hasanli said the council will also educate people about truth about Nagorno-Karabakh.

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