EDITOR's NOTE: Hidayat Orujov's expressions added in the first paragraph
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct.8/ Trend, K.Zerbaliyeva /
In Azerbaijan, some forces are attempting to use religion to achieve their political goals in the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for Nov. 7, the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations chairman Hidayat Orujov said.
He said among them there are forces introducing themselves as adherents of the Islamic and non-Islamic religion.
"Those who try to violate the religious stability in Azerbaijan serve to some foreign countries' intelligence services' interests and act based on their instructions. These forces try to use political and individual interests of certain groups for their goals," Orujov said.
He said a number of these forces is insignificant.
"Our society and government is implacable to these forces. The religious stability in Azerbaijan, ensuring freedom of people's religious belief, even greater enhancement of a tolerant environment in Azerbaijan is of interest not only in the region, but throughout the world. The work done in this area by Azerbaijan is evaluated positively by the world," Orujov said.
Orujev also said some religious communities are not interested in re-registration.
So far, registration of 24 religious communities have been refused. Some 15 of them are Islamic communities, nine are non-Islamic communities.