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Azerbaijan Student Network issues statement on terror attacks in France and Lebanon

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The Azerbaijan Student Network staff and members issued statement on the recent France and Lebanon terrorist attacks.

The statement says, "Our hearts are with families of all victims of this inhumane violence. Terrorism is a common threat for many EU and non-EU nations of different faiths and in this hour we need to stay united and cooperate in order to overcome this danger. Being students and youth from a predominantly Muslim country – Azerbaijan – we would like to note that our nation is facing an occupation of its territory by a neighboring state for more than 20 years and has a million IDPs and refugees."

"Over the last few years Azerbaijan witnessed more than three dozen terrorist attacks and violent acts of ethnic cleansing such as the Khojaly massacre which was implemented or instigated with extensive use by Armenians against Azerbaijanis. Representing these values of Azerbaijani society, our organization stands for peaceful existence of all religions and nations and promotes this through its activities. Today, when different terrorist groups are trying to destroy the peace between religions and bring chaos to Europe, we feel that it's crucial not to fall into the snare of condemning particular religions for acts of a small marginal group of fanatics presumably done in the name of a religion that they obviously don't understand. We reject violence and terror."

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