EC May Take up Destruction of Armenian Cultural Monuments
YEREVAN (Combined Sources)--The issue of preserving Armenian monuments in
Azerbaijan is currently on the European Commission's (EC) agenda, following
calls--by the Armenian delegation to the EC--for an inquiry on their
The Armenian Foreign Ministry's Interim Head of Council of Europe Division
Margarian, noted that the destruction of cross stones in the Jugha cemetery in
Nakhichevan has specifically garnered attention, and that an EC fact-finding
mission may be dispatched there.
"The destruction of Jugha's cross stones is a premeditated act of vandalism,
so as to erase all remnants of Armenian culture in the area--and is proven by
the footage and photos shot from the Iranian side," said Margarian.
He revealed that while Armenia has consistently welcomed monitoring groups,
Azerbaijan has resisted. But because of its recent aspiration to integrate
Europe, Azerbaijan has agreed to allow monitors in the country to review the
current state of Armenia's historical monuments.
According to the European Convention for The Protection of Architectural
Heritage, all member countries inherit the responsibility to preserve cultural
and historical monuments found on the territory of member states.
According to the same convention, if a country is found guilty of destroying
cultural, historical monuments, they must be punished accordingly.