ARMENIAN CHURCH DEFILED IN LVOV

Noyan Tapan
April 1, 2008

LVOV, APRIL 1, ARMENIANS TODAY - NOYAN TAPAN. On March 29-30, vandals
damaged the facade and destroyed the cross of the Armenian church
in Lvov.

Church servant Father Tadevos reported this to the Western Information
Agency.

According to Radio Liberty, deputy of Lvov City Council Vardges
Arzumanian has applied to Lvov Department of Preservation of Historic
Heritage with the request to restore the church facade and cross.

Vardges Arzumanian said that the Armenian community has repeatedly
applied to the authorities calling them for establishing additional
control in the district of Lvov where the church is located.

"Criminal people often gather in that district. We do not think that
the target of barbarity was just the Armenian church.: if there were an
orthodox church there, it would be also defiled," the deputy of Lvov
City Council said expressing the hope that the head of police will
pay attention to preservation of city's historic monuments. "Police
cars should always park here: they will frighten off vandals."