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Two religious organisations representing Hungary’s main churches have called for a peaceful resolution to the armed conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.

The Hungarian Catholic Bishops’ Conference and the Ecumenical Council of Hungarian Churches issued a joint statement on Friday saying that they learnt with regret that on October 8, Azeri forces had seriously damaged the Holy Savior Cathedral in the town of Shusha.

We share the pain of our Armenian Christian brothers,

They said, adding that the attack could seriously contribute to the escalation of the armed conflict appearing to be more of a religious ethnic conflict.

Hungarian Gov't Stands by Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict
Hungarian Gov't Stands by Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

Last Sunday, fighting renewed in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, officially part of Azerbaijan but governed by Armenians, causing a number of civilian and military casualties. According to the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, “as Nagorno-Karabakh lies within the borders of Azerbaijan,” Hungary stands by “the territorial integrity” of Azerbaijan in the conflict, which is […]Continue reading

They appealed to religious leaders, Christians and Muslims, asking them to make every possible effort towards preventing any further destruction, ending the armed fight and working out a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

According to press reports, the historical cathedral, a national symbol of Armenia, was shelled on Thursday.

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