MOSCOW – The president of Azerbaijan is promising that Christian church buildings will likely be protected when the strongly Muslim nation takes possession of areas previously managed by Armenians.
President Ilham Aliyev’s workplace mentioned he made the promise in a phone name with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who’s deploying peacekeeping forces within the areas beneath an settlement that ended six weeks of preventing between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh area.
Ethnic Armenian forces had managed Nagorno-Karabakh and sizeable adjoining territories for the reason that 1994 finish of a separatist conflict. Combating resumed in late September and ended with an settlement that requires Azerbaijan to regain management of the outlying territories in addition to permitting it to carry on to elements of Nagorno-Karabakh that it seized throughout the preventing.
The primary of the territories, Kalbajar, is being turned over on Sunday.
Kalbajar is dwelling to the well-known Dadivank monastery of the Armenian Apostolic Church. A day earlier than the territory’s handover, staff eliminated most of the monastery’s sacred objects. Different residents in Kalbajar torched their very own houses, fearing what’s going to occur when Azerbaijani forces take over.
Azerbaijan is about 95% Muslim and Armenians concern that church buildings can be broken or closed when it takes management of the territories.
“President Aliyev mentioned that Christian church buildings in Azerbaijani territories, that are returned to Azerbaijan in accordance with the trilateral assertion, will even be correctly protected by the state. Christians of Azerbaijan could have entry to those church buildings,” mentioned the assertion from his workplace.
A whole bunch, if not 1000’s, of combatants and civilians have been killed since preventing flared anew in late September.
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