Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 14
By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:
Unlike mono-ethnic Armenia, everyone lives peacefully in Azerbaijan, even Armenians live without worry in the country, Chairman of Azerbaijan`s State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations Elshad Iskandarov said at the European Parliament while answering the question of an Armenian journalist about national minorities.
Elshad Iskandarov also spoke during the presentation on "Religious minorities in Azerbaijan: from history to independence" prepared by the international organization "Human Rights without borders". The presentation was held on Nov.13 at the European Parliament's headquarters in Brussels.
"It is very significant that this report is to be given on the eve of the "Eastern Partnership" summit in Vilnius. The fact that it will be held at the European parliament makes it even more noteworthy. Despite the fact that we do not agree with certain provisions of the report, in general this document's fairness reflects the high level of inter-religious tolerance in Azerbaijan. We hope that after becoming familiar with this report of the European Parliament's members who from time to time express their concern about the increasing inter-religious tensions in the world, they will see the realities of the unique and positive model existing in the European continent. This is the tolerance model of Azerbaijan, which is mainly comprised of Muslims and outruns a number of European countries in the field of religious tolerance," Iskandarov said.
The completion of objective reports serves not only the interests of Azerbaijan. Admitting the realities, the European organizations understand their influence in the world. From this point of view, the similar objective reports serve Europe's interests, the State Committee head said.
At the end of the presentation, the Azerbaijani representatives were asked questions among which there was a question about the situation with national minorities, particularly Armenians in Azerbaijan. The author of the question, as it became known, was the representative of the Armenian newspaper "Ararat" , a Yazidi Kurd of Armenian origin.
Answering the question of the Armenian journalist, Elshad Iskandarov said that Azerbaijan differs from Armenia on this issue in positive sense.
"Unlike Azerbaijan, Armenia is now a very ethnically homogenous state thanks to ethnic cleansing, even Armenians can live in Azerbaijan without any reason to worry. The national and cultural rights of all are protected.