2010-04-29 00:00:00

Moscow, April 6, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia has called for the cessation of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh and has expressed the readiness to assist in the settlement of this conflict.

"I put my trust in God and hope for the soonest ceasefire and reconciliation of the sides," the patriarch said in his messages to Catholicos Karekin II of all Armenians and Chairman of the Caucasus Muslim Board Allahshukur Pasha-zade. The report was published on the Russian Orthodox Church website on Wednesday.

The spiritual leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia have been promoting the Karabakh settlement together for years, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church said. "I am sure that this valuable experience is now bound to become the foundation of a lasting and fair peace," the patriarch said.

He asked Karekin II and Pasha-zade to use their authority for stopping the bloodshed and the feud.

"For my part, I am ready to give comprehensive support to the noble cause of the settlement of this conflict," the patriarch said.

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