Roundtable Discussion Addresses Destruction of Armenian Monumen’s in Azerbaijan

YEREVAN (Yerkir)–A round-table discussion titled "Armenian Cultural Monumen’s–Object of Azerbaijan’s Aggression" was held Monday in the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The purpose of the round-table discussion–organized by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation’s (ARF) Moscow Office–was to bring public attention to the destruction of Armenian historical monumen’s in Azerbaijan. The discussion focused in particular on the destruction of monumen’s in the Julfa region of Nakhichevan and the anti-Armenian policies of Azerbaijan. The participants called on the international community to prevent cultural genocide.

During the meeting–they also discussed the role of democracy in conflict settlement and how international and Russian NGOs can alleviate tension in the region. The participants of the discussion then adopted a joint statement about the issue.

According to the statement–"since it foundation–Azerbaijan has been trying to press Armenia’s out of Artsakh–Nakhichevan–and Ganndzak–to eliminate the Armenia’s of Baku and other regions and to sow intolerance against everything Armenian. Also–Azerbaijan has not spared other ethnic minorities living in Azerbaijan."

"Today–Azerbaijan is trying on a government-level to completely destroy traces of Armenian heritage in the Armenian territories that are under its control," says the statement. "The recent acts not only ravage human dignity but go in contradiction with the common norms of preserving national heritage–which constitutes an act of genocide under the 1948 UN Convention."

The statement also reiterates that the destruction of the Armenian monumen’s in Julfa prove that no Armenian-populated territory–including Karabagh–can ever be part of Azerbaijan.

The statement condemns the Azeri "acts of destruction" in the Julfa Armenian cemetery–and calls on the Azeri government "to halt those barbaric acts."

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