2020-10-13 00:00:00

Patriarch Kirill calls for putting end to bloodshed in Nagorno-Karabakh

Moscow, October 13, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia issued a statement on Tuesday calling for extending the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh.

"I attach great importance to the agreements reached through the mediation of Russia at the level of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan and Armenia. I call upon the state leadership of both countries to use the ceasefire in order to switch solution seeking to the political track. For the sake of the future of the two neighboring peoples, I urge to extend the ceasefire and use it for peaceful negotiations," the patriarch's statement published on the Russian Orthodox Church's official website says.

The patriarch appealed to all of the conflicting parties to spare each other's lives. "May the chronometer of the bloody feud stop in the name of peaceful future. Armenia and Azerbaijan historically were and will be neighbors; in any event, the Azerbaijani and the Armenians will be living side by side," he said.

"A bad peace is better than a good quarrel: this old truth is relevant today more than ever. When there is peace, people can meet, communicate, and seek solutions to problems. But when there is a war and human blood is being shed and crimes are being committed, then it is difficult to reach joint political decisions," he said.

Patriarch Kirill personally addressed the religious leaders of the Armenians and the Azerbaijanis, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos Karekin II of All Armenians and Chairman of the Caucasus Muslims Board, Sheikh ul-Islam Allahshukur Pashazade.

"Dear brothers, together we have come a long way, exerting efforts so that this confrontation may not turn into an interfaith conflict, so that the problems may be resolved by peaceful means. Today each of us and all we together must do all we can to stop the bloodshed," the patriarch said.