ArmInfo. Following the meeting of the spiritual leaders of Armenia, Russia and Azerbaijan, Garegin II, Kirill and Allahshukur Pashazadeh in the Danilov Monastery in Moscow, which was held at the initiative of the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church to discuss ways to resolve the Karabakh conflict, a joint statement was adopted.
I particular, the document reads: "Today we, the spiritual leaders of the Azerbaijani and Armenian peoples, met again in Moscow at the invitation of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to discuss the ways of peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, without which it is impossible to reach agreement and security on The Caucasus. We attach special importance to the consistent development of the peacekeeping dialogue, the continuation of the negotiations and the mediation efforts of the international community that will help achieve a comprehensive settlement of the conflict. Are we convinced that it is possible to overcome disagreements based on the principles of good neighborliness and moral values preached by traditional religions? the value of good, love of neighbor, mutual forgiveness and mercy. The Armenian and Azerbaijani peoples will always live side by side, so there is no other perspective, except peace and cooperation. In the face of numerous challenges, we, the spiritual leaders of our peoples, are obliged to seek joint answers. We pray for the preservation of peace and the speedy resolution of all humanitarian problems related to the conflict, and we call on the political and public figures of our peoples to do this. Together we are called upon to take care of the suffering and destitute, to testify to the eternal spiritual and moral values, to seek peaceful and just ways to resolve contradictions. It is extremely important to abandon the militant and hostile rhetoric. We appeal to those on whom this depends, with an appeal to facilitate the release of all civilians who did not participate in hostilities and were taken prisoner. We, as religious leaders, are called upon to protect churches, mosques and other shrines. Therefore, it is very important to ensure the inviolability of religious monuments and respect for them. We call upon our peoples to educate young people in the spirit of goodwill and mutual respect, peace and traditional morality. For our part, we express our readiness to support peacekeeping initiatives to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The history of the tripartite meetings of spiritual leaders testifies to the positive impact of such contacts on the course of the settlement of the conflict, which should never develop into a religious confrontation. We cherish the ardent hope for the success of the negotiation process. We are ready to use all available opportunities for the sake of peace in the region."
At the end of the meeting, Patriarch Kirill told journalists that he would appreciate the atmosphere that prevailed during the talks and the results of the work. "In a kind, open atmosphere, honestly the sides exchanged their positions, avoiding even any hint of hostile rhetoric. This shows that the religious leaders with full responsibility before God for the fate of their people, their country, discussed the problem, which is really very difficult," he said.
The peacekeeping efforts of the Moscow Patriarchate on the Nagorno-Karabakh problem were initiated in 1988. The first tripartite peacekeeping meeting of the heads of the three religious communities was held in May 1993 in the Moscow Danilov Monastery. Previous tripartite meetings of religious leaders of Russia and Transcaucasia took place within the framework of interreligious forums in 2010 in Baku and 2011 in Yerevan.