Pashazadeh’s Response to Karekin II


Sheikh-ul-Islam and Grand Mufti of the Caucasus, Azerbaijan’s spiritual leader Allahshükür Pashazade responded to His Holiness Catholicos Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch of all Armenians and the current head of the Armenian Apostolic church, who had sent him a letter on August 5 calling on Azerbaijani authorities to refrain from instigating violence and endangering the peace of Nagorno-Karabakh.  

In the letter his Holiness Karekin II states, “The incessant fire, acts of sabotage and infiltration, and the violation of the ceasefire by Azerbaijan at the Armenian-Azerbaijani border pose a serious danger to our fragile but preciously achieved peace. We are deeply concerned about the tense situation, which is taking the lives of soldiers and disrupting the peaceful life of our population.  God-given human life is sacred, and the violation of that right to life is unacceptable.  Provocations and hostilities cannot be a means to a peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict, in accordance with international norms.  Adhering to Moscow and the trilateral meeting between the region’s spiritual leaders as promoted by Russia’s Patriarch Kirill I, we appeal to you as the spiritual leader of Azerbaijan to exert efforts into working with your government’s leaders to uphold earlier agreements and to maintain the ceasefire, the peace process in Karabakh, and overall stability in the region.”

On August 11, the spiritual leader of Muslims in the Caucasus Sheikh-ul-Islam Allahshükür Pashazade replied to Catholicos Karekin II’s letter. As reported by Azerbaijan’s news agency, Pashazadeh called on Karekin II to play an influential role over Armenia’s authorities, “so that the latter withdraw their troops from Azerbaijani territories and adopt a constructive attitude in negotiations.”

Two weeks ago, tensions along the Karabakh-Azerbaijan Line of Contact and the Armenian-Azerbaijani international border escalated, resulting in the worst series of clashes since the 1994 Russian-brokered ceasefire.

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