Nagorno-Karabakh conflict cannot be used as space for religious wars: Sheikh-ul-Islam of Caucasus

Nagorno-Karabakh conflict cannot be used as space for religious wars: Sheikh-ul-Islam of Caucasus

Russia, Moscow, June 18 / Trend , I.Bragina/

One cannot use the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict as space for religious wars, Sheikh-ul-Islam Allahshukur Pashazade, head of the Muslim Board for the Caucasus, said.

"Nagorno-Karabakh is our great pain, and we want to solve it peacefully, we do utmost so that no one to use this and other conflicts as a space for religious war. I together with Patriarch of Russia are making appeals to leaders of countries to peacefully resolve such urgent issues," Pashazade told a news conference in Moscow.

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.

Pashazade justified the creation of an advisory council to the fact that the world's many ills - drugs, alcohol, weapons, that it is dangerous to society.

He said that religious leaders can not be away from these problems and it is a step for the global association of CIS Muslim.

"Future generations will not forgive us that we failed to preserve the space created over the past few decades, it is necessary to appreciate the wealth, and we can not refuse it," Pashazade said.

According to him, the conference was very pleased by the news that a constituent assembly to create a high-level working group on interfaith dialogue with the UNESCO to be held in Moscow next month.

Yesterday, Muslim leaders of CIS countries held an international scientific-practical conference "The Muslims of the CIS inter-religious and interethnic concord." The conference was held at the initiative of the Supreme Council of Muslims of the Caucasus and the International Islamic Mission. The conference involved 40 Muslim religious leaders from the eight member countries of CIS, as well as heads of Russia's traditional faiths.

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