Azerbaijan, Baku, October 1/Trend, S.Ahmadova/
Azerbaijan is a tolerant country and all occupied lands should be returned to it, Bob Blackman, the member of the Great Britain Parliament, MP for Harrow East, the member of the Local Government and Backbanch Business Committee said replying to a survey from The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS), Trend reported.
"In a region of South Caucasus not known for its diversity and tolerance, Azerbaijan stands out in completely different position because of its encouragement of all religious faiths and ethnic minorities. This is a time in which Christians are under pressure in Egypt, while radical Islam is on the rise in Syria and much of the Middle East and North Africa," Blackman said.
According to Blackman, Despite the occupation by Armenia, a Christian country, of nearly 20 per cent of Azerbaijani territories, Azerbaijan's Christian and Jewish minorities are flourishing.
"And the country is staunchly secular in its outlook. This is something that should be recognised and applauded. What is more, the international community should do more to make sure that international law is upheld and Azerbaijan's lands are returned to it. Azerbaijan has clearly demonstrated that all religions are not only just tolerated but also encouraged, and therefore the occupied lands can safely be returned to Azerbaijani control. Azerbaijan is a tolerant country and all occupied lands should be returned to it," Blackman added.