Muslim Board: Armenian Catholicos did not visit Martyrs Lane in Baku

Muslim Board: Armenian Catholicos did not visit Martyrs Lane in Baku

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The Caucasus Muslims Board has released a statement saying that His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, was not among dignitaries participating in a memorial ceremony to Azeri soldiers at a Baku cemetery last week during a world religious summit. Nor did he make a separate visit to the place as alleged in Azeri media reports.

The statement comes a day after the Church Holy See in Echmiadzin refuted reports in Baku media which said His Holiness had attended. At question was whether it would be appropriate for the head of the Armenian Church to participate in honoring the memory of slain soldiers who fought against Armenians.

According to the Board’s statement, an employee of Sheikh-ul-Islam Allahshukur Pashazadeh provided false information to local media. The statement says the employee has been punished for disseminating the false report.