Azerbaijan, Baku, 8 March / Trend corr. K.Zarbaliyeva / Head of the Caucasus Muslims Clerical Port called Catholics to assist to inform the world community about the true of Nagorno-Karabakh problem.
"Over 5,000 bishops of world must inform world community about Khojali tragedy," Sheikh-ul-Islam Haji Allahshukur Pashazadeh, stated during the meeting with Tarchizio Bertoni Cardinal from Vatican.
On the night of 25 to 26 February 1992 the Azerbaijani settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh, Khojali, was occupied by Armenian separatists, with active participation of military personnel and army tanks of the 366th regiment of the Russian army. In a matter of several hours, more than 600 unarmed Azerbaijani citizens, including 106 women and 83 children, were brutally killed. The annihilation of the peaceful people continued for several days during which time the Armenians executed and killed prisoners, committed violence against women and children, cut off the heads of Azerbaijani military prisoners and had them hung up. During this crime, 487 people, including 76 juveniles were physically disabled and 1,275 people were taken prisoner. Despite the release of most of the prisoners, the fate of 150 people is still unknown.
Bertoni's official visit to Azerbaijan started on 7 March.
Pashazadeh stated that there is religious tolerance and favourable conditions for development of all religious in Azerbaijan.
There are 458 religious communities in Azerbaijan.