Armenian Foreign Ministry Statement on Destruction of Khachkars In NaxchivanDecember 18 2005 at 3:24 PM
ARMENIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY ISSUES STATEMENT OVER DESTRUCTION OF ARMENIAN KHACHKARS IN NAKHIJEVAN
YEREVAN (YERKIR) - Armenian Foreign Ministry issued a statement
on December 15 over the destruction of the Armenian khachkars
(cross-stones) at an Old Jugha Armenian cemetery.
Armenian Embassy in Tehran is informed that dozens of Azerbaijani
soldiers, armed with sledge hammers and heavy equippement are
destroying the Old Jugha cemetery khachkars that are still standing
following a similar act in 2002, the statement said.
After the detruction, the kchachkars are loaded on trucks and then
unloaded into the Arax river. The vandalism done by the hands of
soldiers points to the Azerbaijani government's efforts to detroy
all the traces of the Armenian people in Nakhijevan, the statement
The statement further noted that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
is outraged and concerned by this incident and called on Baku and
Nakhijevan to immediately cease these actions. It also appealed to the
UNESCO and other international bodies to send a group of experts to the region to investigate the destruction and take appropriate measures.