Interfax, Russia
April 29 2011

Yerevan accuses Baku of disrespect toward Armenian historic monuments


YEREVAN. April 29


Yerevan accuses Baku of disrespect toward Armenian historic monuments
Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan has accused the Azeri
authorities of wiping out all traces of Armenians' presence in
Nakhichevan, an autonomy within Azerbaijan.

Recently the Nakhichevan administration did not allow U.S. Ambassador
to Azerbaijan Matthew Bryza to visit a destroyed Armenian cemetery in
Staraya Dzhuga, Nalbandyan said at a joint news conference with EU
Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fuele in
Yerevan on Friday.

"If they do not permit this, it means that they have something to
hide," he said.

The Azeri authorities have not permitted representatives of
international organizations to travel to Nakhichevan, the minister
said.

"In 2005 the international community witnessed Azerbaijan's attempt to
destroy the Armenian cultural heritage in Nakhichevan without leaving
any traces of the Armenian presence there. What did they do it for?
Did they do it in order to be able to say that Nakhichevan has been
the territory of their forefathers since the days of Noah? But who
will believe them?," he said.

A military training range was built at the site of Nakhichevan's
Armenian cemetery with unique medieval stone crosses in 2005-2006,
according to the Armenian authorities.

However, the Azeri government did not allow the European Parliament's
commission in charge of investigating the situation to visit to area.

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From: A. Papazian