Azer­bai­jani, Rus­sian, Ar­me­nian re­li­gious lead­ers to meet in Moscow

Azer News - - Front Page - By Rashid Shiri­nov

The Azer­bai­jani, Rus­sian and Ar­me­nian re­li­gious lead­ers will hold a tri­lat­eral meet­ing in Moscow on Septem­ber 8, said Alexan­der Volkov, the spokesman of the Pa­tri­arch Kir­ill of Moscow and All Rus­sia 4.

The Azer­bai­jani, Rus­sian and Ar­me­nian re­li­gious lead­ers will hold a tri­lat­eral meet­ing in Moscow on Septem­ber 8, said Alexan­der Volkov, the spokesman of the Pa­tri­arch Kir­ill of Moscow and All Rus­sia 4.

He told re­porters that the re­li­gious lead­ers of the three coun­tries will dis­cuss ways of solv­ing the Ar­me­nia-Azer­bai­jan Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict.

The last meet­ing of two spir­i­tual lead­ers was held in Moscow in Novem­ber 2016, where they ex­pressed in­ten­tion to con­tinue such meet­ings through in­ter­me­di­aries.

The Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict 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 re­gions. More than 20,000 Azer­bai­ja­nis were killed and over 1 mil­lion were dis­placed as a re­sult of the large-scale hos­til­i­ties. The 1994 cease­fire agree­ment was fol­lowed by peace ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Ar­me­nia still con­trols fifth part of Azer­bai­jan's ter­ri­tory and re­jects im­ple­ment­ing four UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions on with­drawal of its armed forces from Nagorno-Karabakh and sur­round­ing dis­tricts.

The for­eign min­is­ters of Azer­bai­jan and Ar­me­nia are ex­pected to meet in New York this fall.

More­over, the OSCE Minsk Groups, es­tab­lished to bro­ker a peace to the Ar­me­nia-Azer­bai­jan con­flict is pre­par­ing for a meet­ing be­tween Azer­bai­jani and Ar­me­nian pres­i­dents.

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