YEREVAN (Armenpress/PanARMENIAN.Net)–Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement to express its "pity and surprise" about the European Parliament’s adoption of a resolution condemning the Azeri government’s destruction of the Armenian cemetery in Julfa–Nakhichevan.
"Distinguished with its ethnic diversity and constantly demonstrating its commitment to development–the Azerbaijani Republic has taken under state protection 3.5 million monumen’s. Azerbaijan has always cooperated with international organizations in the field–on a transparent and constructive basis–and has made progress recognized in the international arena," said the Ministry’s statement.
Azerbaijan’s new Minister of Culture and Tourism–Abulfaz Garayev also commented on Armenian "allegations" about Azeri destruction of the cemetery calling it a "continuation of Armenia’s ideological war against Azerbaijan."
Garayev also said that claims about the cemetery in Old Julfa being an Armenian cemetery are "baseless." According to him–the cross-stones (khatchkars) are from an Azeri cemetery. He also said that the stones are not older than 150 years–which he takes as evidence that Armenia’s did not live in Nakhichevan until then.