YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Armenia condemned the destruction of a Christian Narimanov cemetery in Baku, announced Armenia’s foreign ministry spokesperson Vladimir Karapetian Tuesday. The graves in the cemetery were mainly Armenian and Russian, with Georgian and Jewish ones as well.
The authorities in Baku have ordered the destruction of the cemetery under the pretext of building a circumventing road to ease heavy traffic in downtown Baku but images posted on the Internet show that the graves are being leveled by bulldozers and relatives have no opportunity to rebury the remains of their deceased.
Karapetian said this decision fits entirely into the rationale of Baku’s official policy to completely eradicate Armenian cultural monumen’s in the territory of the Azerbaijani republic and eliminate any trace of the rich Armenian legacy in Azerbaijan.
“We regard the destruction of the Narimanov cemetery in Baku as continuation of the policy for destruction of the old Armenian cemetery in Julfa in the autonomous Nakhichevan, which is to be blamed also on international organizations, which have given in to Azerbaijani pressure and failed to send a monitoring mission to Nakhichevan to assess the scale of destruction of Armenian monumen’s there, “said. Karapetian.
He further noted that Baku is now officially encroaching on the rights of other national minorities, particularly, Russia’s, who sent a letter to president Ilham Aliyev demanding that he orders an immediate end to this barbarism.