28 January 2021, 12:45
Armenian Church assisting with return of prisoners from Azerbaijan
Yerevan, January 28, Interfax - The Armenian Church is doing everything possible to return prisoners from Azerbaijan after the military conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, Catholicos Karekin II of All Armenians said.
"We are working to assist prisoners' return," Karekin II said, when asked about the possibility of a meeting with Chairman of the Caucasus Muslims' Board Sheikh ul-Islam Allahshukur Pashazade.
Responding to a question as to whether an address to the pope is possible on this matter, Karekin II said, "We are having discussions and we are taking the necessary steps."
At the same time, Karekin II condemned situations of vandalism of Armenian churches on the territories that went to Azerbaijan after the military action in Karabakh.
He thanked Patriarch Kirill of All Moscow and the Russian administration "for assistance and support, which made it possible for the Dadivank monastery to continue its mission."
The monastery is located in the Kalbajar District, which went to Azerbaijan under the trilateral statement. The monastery is protected by Russian peacekeepers.
Karekin II reiterated that Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan needs to resign. "The country has never been in such a difficult situation before, we never lost our homeland, there have never been such challenges, such uncertainty about the future. So nothing has changed in our position," Karekin II told reporters.
The hostilities in the Karabakh conflict zone began on September 27, 2020. Late on November 9, the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia signed a trilateral statement to declare a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh and deploy Russian peacekeepers to the area.