Chairman of the Committee on Civil Society Development, Non-Governmental and Religious Associations of the Russian State Duma Sergey Gavrilov calls on Azerbaijan to preserve the religious shrines in the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh and not block access to those shrines, RIA Novosti reported.
“We hope the shrines and monasteries in Nagorno-Karabakh are preserved, in accordance with protection of the principles of international law and the rights of believers. It is necessary to ensure access to shrines (mosques and Christian churches) for pilgrimages. By ensuring security and free entry into shrines, Azerbaijan will show that it is a civilized country,” Gavrilov said, adding that “there is a large number of radical extremists from Syria” in Nagorno-Karabakh and in the territories passing by Azerbaijan.
“Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran can make necessary efforts to make the militants leave Nagorno-Karabakh,” he said and voiced hope that “a model for peaceful co-existence of the Armenian and Azerbaijani populations in the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh and the regions transferred to Azerbajian” will be created.