Baku Accuses French Embassy of Promoting Armenian Culture

BAKU (Armenpress)–The Azerbaijani newspaper Yeni Azarbaycan accused the French embassy in Baku of propagating Armenian culture in Azerbaijan. The paper says that the embassy provided an Azerbaijani library with a book on Armenian cinema–which describes Azerbaijani artworks as Armenian creations.

"The culture of our enemy is being propagated in Azerbaijan. The talk is not about religious and humanitarian organizations–which have lately been on the agenda. This time–one of the foreign embassies in our country has undertaken this ‘mission’," it says.

The daily said that the history of Azeri culture was falsified in a book entitled "Armenian Cinema," which was published in Paris in 1993. This book is available for readers in the Centre for the French Language and Sources at the Azeri State Language University.

"A map made by Jean Radvanyi in the ‘Armenian cinema’ (Le Cinema Armenien) book describes Naxcivan–which is Azerbaijani territory–and Turkey’s Kars–Ardahan–Igdir and other towns–as historical Armenian lands. Moreover–the map also shows Georgia’s Akhalkalak and Nagorno Karabakh as Armenian territories. According to the book–most of the population in the province–which was created in the Caucasus in 1844 with the capital in Tbilisi–were Armenia’s. Armenia’s had the most impact on industry–arts and culture in the province. We are questioning why this literature was brought to Azerbaijan and what interest the French embassy is trying to pursue," the daily says.

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