01.04.2008 16:46

Vandals destroyed a cross near the Armenian Church in Lvov March
29-30, the Western Information Agency Corporation quoted Armenian
Church priest Father Tadeos as saying March 31.

Lvov City Council Deputy Vardkes Arzumanyan was the first to blow the
whistle on vandals, appealing to the department for the protection
of Lvov historical heritage. According to Father Tadeos, he was
approached by a city official who offered help in renovating the
cross at the expense of theArmenian community.

According to deputy Arzumanyan, the Armenian community had repeatedly
asked the police to beef up security in the area.

"The area near the church is frequently the scene of mobster gatherings
who behave in indecent way. We do not believe the vandalism was
targeted against the Armenian Church. If an Orthodox church were
in this area, it would have been desecrated too. I hope, the new
Police Chief will pay due attention to protecting historical sights
in Lvov. Police patrol cars can be parked in the area and this can
stop the vandals," the Deputy stressed.