EC May Take up Destruction of Armenian Cultural Monumen’s

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–The issue of preserving Armenian monumen’s in Azerbaijan is currently on the European Commission’s (EC) agenda–following calls–by the Armenian delegation to the EC–for an inquiry on their destruction.

The Armenian Foreign Ministry’s Interim Head of Council of Europe Division Ara Margarian–noted that the destruction of cross stones in the Jugha cemetery in Nakhichevan has specifically garnered attention–and that an EC fact-finding mission may be dispatched there.

"The destruction of Jugha’s cross stones is a premeditated act of vandalism–so as to erase all remnants of Armenian culture in the area–and is proven by the footage and photos shot from the Iranian side," said Margarian.

He revealed that while Armenia has consistently welcomed monitoring groups–Azerbaijan has resisted. But because of its recent aspiration to integrate into Europe–Azerbaijan has agreed to allow monitors in the country to review the current state of Armenia’s historical monumen’s.

According to the European Convention for The Protection of Architectural Heritage–all member countries inherit the responsibility to preserve cultural and historical monumen’s found on the territory of member states.

According to the same convention–if a country is found guilty of destroying cultural–historical monumen’s–they must be punished accordingly.

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