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Azerbaijan Refutes Information on Closure of Georgian Church in Country

Society Materials 16 October 2007 14:32
Azerbaijan Refutes Information on Closure of   Georgian  Church in Country

Azerbaijan, Baku /corr. Trend K.Ramazanova /Information that the only Georgian church in Azerbaijan's district of Gakh is to be closed has been directed to complicate bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Georgia, said the Head of Azerbaijan Foreign Ministry's Press Secretary, Khazar Ibrahim.

" Azerbaijan is a tolerant country and the closure of any churches is impossible," Ibrahim said.

According to information provided by the Georgian NGO 'Information and Documentation Center' the door of the church in the village of Kurumkhi was boarded up and the Georgians are not missed there.

The NGO states that the door was nailed up by Azerbaijanis who threatened the Georgians with physical punishment if the activity of the church is re-established.

On 16 October the Ombudsman of Georgia made an appeal to her Azerbaijani counterpart Elmira Suleymanova. According to information by the Ombudsman Office of Georgia, the letter contains concerns about the information on the closure of the Georgian church in the Azerbaijani district of Gakh.

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