MP: Azerbaijan is happy country, example of secular state, blend in with Islamic and Turkic world
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 9 /Trend, V.Zhavoronkova/
Azerbaijan is a happy country, an example of a secular state, blend in with the Islamic and Turkic world, the Chairman of the Democratic Reforms Party of Azerbaijan, MP Asim Mollazade.
"Azerbaijan, with its traditions of tolerance and secularism, is perhaps one of the best models for the Islamic and Turkic world," Mollazade said in his speech in Baku at the World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue.
"Azerbaijan is a country which is ready for the intercultural and inter-civilizational dialogue and that has a successful experience. I am proud that our country has religious cooperation and that we have an orthodox Christian and even Armenian church. It is very important because the use of religion in politics sometimes creates a very dangerous consequences such as war," said Mollazade.
He said modern technologies allow people to express themselves openly, but at the same time, such strong resources can become a dangerous tool in the hands of the prejudiced person.
"In parallel, there are sources that discuss ways to achieve peace, and those who pose a threat and support terrorism, promote the organization of terrorist attacks and revolutions," the MP said.
He said if an instrument such as the modern means of communication gets into the hands of people who do not have the appropriate knowledge and culture, this powerful force would be devastating. "I do not support the revolution, as today we need evolution, and in this process it is necessary to note the role of culture, without which it is impossible to achieve positive changes," said Mollazade.
The World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue opened in Baku on April 7. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev attended the opening ceremony. The forum is dedicated to intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity for the achievement of peace and development.
The forum's opening session is entitled "Towards the world without borders". Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov and adviser to the UN Alliance of Civilizations Jean-Christophe Bas headed the session.