Following the outcome of a meeting in Yerevan, the chairman of the Spiritual Department of Caucasian Muslims Sheik-ul-Islam Allahshukur Pashazadeh, Patriarch of Moscow and the whole Russia Cyril and Catholicos of All Armenians Garegin the Second adopted a Declaration stressing the need of a negotiated solution of the Nagorno Karabakh problem, news agency Novosti-Armenia reported.
"Both sides declared their adherence to a negotiated resolution of the Karabakh problem and stated that this decision could be taken only on the basis of international law," Patriarch Cyril told journalists after the meeting.
In this connection, all sides expressed their backing for the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group, the Patriarch said. He reminded them that the spiritual leaders of the three countries had suggested exchanging prisoners of war and repatriating the bodies of those killed.
If the bloodshed is stopped, a moral and psychological atmosphere will be changed so that the new opportunities of a negotiated solution to the problem will emerge, the Patriarch noted.
The Inter-Religious Council is a public organisation created by the traditional religious unions of the Commonwealth of Independent States.