KARABAKH ETHNOGRAPH REFUTES AZERI SPECULATIONS ON SHUSHI'S HISTORY
STEPANAKERT, JULY 30. ARMINFO.
Karabakh ethnograph Hrachik Haroutyunyan refutes Azeri speculations on the history of Shushi, an ancient Karabakh town.
Commenting on the articles in the Azeri newspaper New Time and Zerkalo
blaming Karabakh for destroying Muslim monuments and intending to turn
the Shushi mosque into a museum for the further use of foreigners (no
names are given) Haroutyunyan says "it would not be bad if in any
Armenian region controlled by Azerbaijan they restored a single
Armenian church or any other monuments. The main thing is to preserve
historical monuments. As for the Shushi mosque it is a monument of
Persian culture which is confirmed by akhunds (eastern authors)."
Haroutyunyan notes that even during the war the Karabakh military
headquarters assigned a special group to keep intact Shushi's
architectural legacy including mosques. "I would like to ask Kuliev,
the author of the article "Barbarism of Armenian Occupants" who says
hat each corner of Shushi keeps the history of the Azeri people if he
was in Karabakh during or after the war. I would like to invite him to
see with his own eyes the reality and what belongs to who."
The articles also speak about the destruction of the walls of the
Shushi fortress but the northern wall was destroyed by the Azeri
authorities in the 60s. They also laid a highway across the Armenian
cemetery. "Kuliev should know that the Azeri authorities deliberated
destroyed tombstones of Christian cemeteries in Shushi nd razed to the
ground the Armenian cemeteries of Berdadzor and Hagrut. They notice
the speck in other's eye but do not see the log in theirs." "I
personally have almost 1,000 inscriptions proving that Armenians and
Russians lived in Shushi in the past."