Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept.1
By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:
Representatives of different religions and nationalities live in peace in Azerbaijan. The conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia is not of a religious nature, it is the result of an aggressive policy of Armenia, the chairman of the Azerbaijani State Committee for Work with Religious Organisations Mubariz Gurbanli said at a press conference in connection with the meeting of the Council of Europe on the religious dimension of "Intercultural dialogue - the relationship between culture and religion" taking place in Baku Sept.1.
The head of the State Committee noted that Azerbaijan became a home to about 30,000 Armenians.
He praised the meeting of CE on the religious dimension of "Intercultural dialogue - the relationship between culture and religion" taking place in Baku.
He said that during the presidency of Azerbaijan to the Council of Europe the country held and will hold a number of events on intercultural dialogue.
Gurbanli stressed that the various religious communities freely operate in Azerbaijan. The representatives of the Council of Europe have developed a positive opinion of tolerance in Azerbaijan, he said.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.
As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented four U.N. Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.