International Delegation Appeals to UNESCO on Julfa Desecration

GENEVA (Armradio)–An international delegation comprised of parliamentary representatives from various countries and a Scottish art history specialist, met Tuesday with Secretary General of UNESCO Kotchiro Matsuura urging the UN body to begin an international investigation into the desecration of Armenian monumen’s in Julfa by Azeri armed forces in the Azeri-controlled Nakhichevan province. The group also urged the UNESCO leader to publicly denounce these crimes. The delegation was formed at the urging of the Parliamentary Group Switzerland-Armenia co-chairmen Swiss parliament members Dominique de Buman (Vice-Chairman of the Christian Democratic-Party) and Ueli Leuenberger (Vice-Chairman of the Green Party) with the support of Charles Aznavour, Ambassador of Armenia to UNESCO. The parliamentarians submitted detailed documentation on the subject, as well as a signed memorandum, in which five recommendations were presented to Azerbaijan, among them the construction of a Christian memorial on the site of the old cemetery. The delegation requested Matsuura to spend Azerbaijan’s membership in UNESCO if that country does not respond to the its recommendations

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