2021-10-13 13:57:00

Religious summit on Karabakh settlement is on in Moscow

Moscow, October 13, Interfax - The new trilateral meeting of spiritual leaders dedicated to the Karabakh settlement issue starts on Wednesday at St. Daniel's Monastery in Moscow.

The meeting is taking place behind closed doors. Its participants are Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II and the head of the Spiritual Muslim Board of the Caucasus Sheikh-ul-Islam Allahshukur Pasha-zade.

The current meeting will be a continuation of the peacekeeping efforts of the religious leaders of Russia and Transcaucasia. With the mediation of Patriarch Kirill, the religious leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan will discuss ways to help resolve conflicts and build a just peace in the Caucasus.

The day before, Patriarch Kirill held bilateral talks with the spiritual leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Moscow.

The Moscow Patriarchate's peacemaking efforts to resolve the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh began more than 30 years ago with a letter from Patriarch Pimen to Catholicos Vazgen I in 1988. At the same time, a dialogue began between the spiritual leaders of Armenians and Azerbaijanis.

The first peacemaking meeting in Moscow at St. Daniel's Monastery took place 28 years ago - in 1993, the heads of the Russian and Armenian Churches met, then Patriarch Alexy met with Sheikh Pasha-zade. The first trilateral meeting took place in the same 1993 in St. Daniel's Monastery.

In total, ten meetings on the Nagorno-Karabakh issue were held in Moscow, including five trilateral and one quadrilateral meeting with the participation of the Georgian Patriarch.

With the participation of Patriarch Kirill, three trilateral meetings were held - in Baku in 2010, in Yerevan in 2011 and in Moscow in 2017.