Julfa graveyard destruction - continuation of 18th Dec. thread

Julfa graveyard destruction - continuation of 18th Dec. thread

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February 8th, 2006, 2:34 am #1

(Since the original thread is too long for the layout of this forum).
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February 8th, 2006, 2:36 am #2

RA RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE MAKES SPEECH ABOUT BARBARISM COMMITTED BY AZERIS IN HIN JUGHA AT SITTING OF CE COMMITTEE OF MINISTERS

Noyan Tapan
Armenians Today
Feb 06 2006

STRASBOURG, FEBRUARY 6, NOYAN TAPAN - ARMENIANS TODAY. At the
February 1 sitting of the CE Committee of Ministers, the written
inquiry submitted by Shavarsh Kocharian, former member of the Armenian
parliamentary delegation in PACE, concerning the destruction of the
Armenian medieval cemetery in Hin Jugha, was discussed.

In connection with this issue, Ambassador Christiane Der Stepanian,
RA Resident Representative at the CE, made a speech.

According to the RA MFA Press and Information Department, the Armenian
ambassador called attention of the CE Committee of Ministers to the
fact of intolerable acts committed in Hin Jugha in 2005, noting that
such actions humiliate human dignity and collective memory, as well as
contradict one of the main goals of the CE - to preserve the cultural
heritage of the CE member states as part of the European heritage.

The Armenian ambassador underlined that the facts and photos presented
in the written inquiry bear evidence of the state's responsibilty
for destruction of the khachkars in the Armenian cemetery by Azeri
servicemen.

The ambassador said that these events have a long history and caused
great concern in the past as well.

At the same time, he expressed regret about the fact that PACE, which
should have given an assessment of this heritage situation long ago,
was denied permission to visit Nakhichevan, whereas the organization of
such a visit at due time would have prevented the current developments.

The ambassador announced that there have been international responses
to the facts presented in the written inquiry, particularly, in a
resolution adopted on January 19, 2006, the European parliament called
on the Azeri authorities to put an end to the ongoing destruction
of khachkars.

The RA Resident Representative at the CE also expressed regret
regarding with fact that while the international community is
celebrating the 50th anniversary of the European Cultural Convention,
one of the Convention member states obviously violates the convention
principles, according to which each member state is obliged to protect
the cultural heritage monuments under its jurisdiction and ensure
access to these monuments.

He added that despite the fact that the destruction of the Armenian
medieval cemetery is still going on, no international mission has
been conducted so far. He reminded that the CE Committee of Ministers
has had an occasion to state in one of its previous answers that it
attaches great importance to preservation of historical and cultural
heritage in the region.

In the opinion of the Armenian ambassador, the CE Committee of
Ministers should reassert its position by calling on the Azeri
authorities to stop these actions and allow an international mission
to visit this place making part of the universal cultural treasures.
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February 8th, 2006, 2:37 am #3

CE IS "LATE" IN JULFA

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During the session of the CE Ministers' Committee the written request
of the ex member of the RA delegation to PACE Shavarsh Kocharyan to
the CE Ministers' Committee about the destruction of the Armenian
medieval cemeteries in Old Julfa was discussed. In connection with
the issue the RA permanent representative to CE, Ambassador Christian
Ter-Stepanyan has made speech during the session.

The Ambassador mentioned that suchlike activity contradicts one
of the main aims of the CE - preservation of the cultural heritage
of the CE member countries. He underlined that the facts and photos
testify to the responsibility of the state in the destruction of the
Armenian khachkars by the soldiers.

At the same time the Ambassador has expressed regret that the PACE
which must have appreciated the situation of the heritage long ago did
not get a permission to visit Nakhijevan. He said that the organization
of the visit of the mission would let us avoid the situation today.

The Ambassador informed that the facts mentioned in the written
request have received international attention, in particular with a
resolution adopted on January 19, 2006, the European Parliament calls
on the Azeri authorities to put an end to the destruction of khachkars.

The Ambassador added that although the destruction of the Armenian
medieval cemetery is continuing, no international missions have been
carried out by now. He reminded that the CE Ministers' Committee
mentioned once that they give great importance to the preservation
of the cultural-historic heritage of the region.

According to the Armenian Ambassador, the Ministers' Committee must
re-establish their point of view calling on the Azeri authorities to
put an end to their activity and allow the international missions to
visit the places which form part of the world cultural heritage.
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February 8th, 2006, 2:51 am #4

ARF BUREAU ISSUES STATEMENT OVER ANTI-ARMENIAN POLICIES OF AZERBAIJAN

Yerkir/arm
February 03, 2006

Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Bureau made a statement
on February 1 protesting against the destruction of the Armenian
monuments in the Nakijevan region of Azerbaijan.

The statement reads: In a new expression of its anti-Armenian
policy, the Azerbaijani army in December 2005 completely destroyed
the centuries-old Armenian khachkars (cross-stones) of the Armenian
cemetery in Old Julfa of Azerbaijan's Nakhijevan region.

This barbaric act was not inspired by religious motives, in fact its
goal was to distort the Armenian features of Nakhijevan. The move
was a continuation of Azerbaijan's anti-Armenian policy that that
country has been carrying out for 88 years of its existence against
the Armenians and Armenian monuments of Artsakh and Azerbaijan.

In December 2005, before the eyes of the entire world, Azerbaijan
showed its real face and behavior. Azerbaijan made those moves by
blatantly denying all the facts.

In protest of Azerbaijan's criminal policy and with an aim to demand an
adequate reaction form the world, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation
Bureau decided to declare February 28, 2006 -the day of remembrance
of the Armenian massacres at the hands of Azeris in Sumgait - Day of
Protest Against Azerbaijani Criminal Policy.

Protest demonstrations outside the missions of Azerbaijan and
international organizations in cities worldwide should be staged.

ARF Bureau calls upon all Armenians, Armenian political and other
organizations, national and community bodies as well as non-Armenian
human rights organizations to participate in the February 28,
2006 events and jointly show the world that Azerbaijan, since its
foundation, has been acting to empty Artsakh, Nakhijevan and Gandzak
from Armenians, destroy Armenians of Baku and other Azerbaijani
regions and destroy any monuments that remind of Armenians in the
Armenian lands and to root hatred against everything that is Armenian.

Azerbaijan has not spared other minorities residing in its territory.

Moreover, Azerbaijan is currently attempting to slave Artsakh once
again. It is time to show Azerbaijan and the entire world that
Armenians are united and determined in maintaining Artsakh as part
of Armenia.

Let us all be united on February 28, 2006 against criminal policies
of Azerbaijan.
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February 11th, 2006, 10:00 pm #5

IN VIKTOR DALLAKIAN'S OPINION, KOCHARIAN IS OBLIGED TO RAISE QUESTION OF OLD JUGHA KHACHKARS AT PARIS MEETING


YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 10, NOYAN TAPAN - ARMENIANS TODAY. No document in
connection with the Nagorno Karabakh problem will be signed at the
Armenian and Azerbaijani Presidents' meeting in France but in
consideration of the international structures' optimism, we can
suppose that an agreement around general principles of settlement can
be achieved during 2006. This is the estimation of the Ardarutiun
(Justice) opposition bloc presented by faction Secretary Viktor
Dallakian at the February 10 press briefing.

Dallakian stated that the so-called "stage-by-stage variant" is meant
here. According to him, as a result of the policy carried on by the
Armenian authorities NKR ceased to be considered as a negotiations
party and the issue is presented as a territorial argument between
Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Touching upon the fact of destruction of Armenian khachkars
(cross-stones) in Old Jugha, the MP said that this once more shows
that if Nagorno Karabakh was part of Azerbaijan, not only the Armenian
population would be annihilated there, as it was in Nakhichevan, but
also the Armenian cultural values.

Answering Noyan Tapan correspondent's question, Dallakian expressed an
opinion that Armenian President Robert Kocharian is obliged to raise
the question of destruction of khachkars in Old Jugha during the
negotiations in Paris. According to him, the issue concerns not only
the Armenian culture, but also Christian values, therefore the issue
should be internationalized at the state level. "I am sorry that
UNESCO doesn't hear all this and doesn't take the respective steps,"
Dallakian stated.
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February 11th, 2006, 10:45 pm #6

DESECRATION OF THE JULFA GRAVEYARDS

Aztag/Leb
Feb 06

English Supplement

The Armenian National Committee of Lebanon issues a letter of protest
to UNESCO, meets with EU representative, Ambassador Patrick Renoe

On January 12, 2006 the Armenian National Committee office in Lebanon
issued a letter to the general secretary of UNESCO Koyishiro Matsura,
protesting the destruction of Armenian monuments by Azerbaijani
soldiers in the Armenian graveyards in Julfa, Nakhichevan.

The letter mentions the repeated violations committed by Azerbaijan
against Armenians and Armenian monuments, and urges UNESCO to take
action and end the cultural genocide that aims at erasing all and
any traces of Armenian presence in the Nakhitcehvan region.

The letter also suggests that UNESCO investigates the violations
against monuments that have universal historical and cultural value.

The letter was also sent to Lebanese news agencies, and the media
took notice of it on the next day.

Pursuing the same issue, a delegation of the Armenian National
Committee in Lebanon visited the representative of the European Union
in Lebanon, Ambassador Patrick Renoe on January 18, 2006. The meeting
took place at the EU building in Beirut. The Ambassador was presented
with a letter pertaining to the destruction, by Azerbaijani forces,
of the Armenian monuments (Khatch Kar) in Julfa. The delegation also
presented the ambassador with a video tape of the soldiers destroying
the monuments.

Ambassador Renoe expressed his understanding and promised to raise
the issue with the leadership of the EU.

The delegation explained to the ambassador how, since its creation in
1918, Azerbaijan has been committing cultural massacre and pursuing
a hostile policy toward Armenians, particularly in Karbagh and
Nakhitchevan, similar to the cultural genocide Turkey has been
conducting against Armenian cultural and religious symbols.

The participants in the meeting also discussed the situation in Nagorno
Karabagh. Renoe expressed hope that soon, a fair and final solution
will be reached, taking into consideration the issues raised by both
sides involved in the conflict.
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February 11th, 2006, 10:50 pm #7

DEMONSTRATION OF COMPLAINT HELD AT AZERBAIJAN EMBASSY IN BERLIN AGAINST ANNIHILATION OF OLD JUGHA MONUMENTS BY AZERIS

Noyan Tapan
Feb 09 2006

BERLIN, FEBRUARY 9, NOYAN TAPAN - ARMENIANS TODAY. Gerayer Kocharian
and Tessa Hoffman, founders-members of the Commission on Recognition
of the Genocide functioning in Germany, as well as with participation
of Rafael Hambartsumian, a member of the Nakhijevan Armenians' Nation
Council, organized a demonstration at the Embassy of Azerbajian in
Berlin recently, by complainting against Azeris' vandalism in the
Old Jugha (Nakhijevan) graveyard.

The demonstrators, among who there were Greeks, Kurds, Italians
as well as Turks, had posters with writings "Azerbaijani Slaughter
towards Armenian Culture." The action participants gave leaflets with
corresponding content to by-passers as well as spread those at the
Wilhelm Gedechmskirche church which is the symbol of Berlin and at
the Berlin "Free University."

The Commission on Recognition of the Genocide initiated the
demonstration of Armenian students of the city of Cologne as well in
which representatives of other Armenian community unions of Germany
also participated.


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PROTEST ACTION AGAINST DESTRUCTION OF ARMENIAN KHACHKARS HELD IN BERLIN

PanARMENIAN.Net
09.02.2006 01:46 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ A protest action was organized in front of the
Azeri Embassy in Berlin against barbarism of Azeris at Old Julfa
ancient cemetery.

The action was organized by members of the Genocide Acknowledgement
Committee of Germany Zhirayr Kocharian and Tessa Hoffman, as well
as member of the National Council of Nakhichevan Armenians Rafael
Hambartsumyan. The rally participants, among which were Greeks,
Kurds, Italians, as well as Turks, carried transparencies that read
"Azeri slaughter of Armenian culture." They disseminated leaflets
to passers-by, as well as near the Open University of Berlin and
the Berlin church, reported the European Armenian Federation. The
Committee also organized a rally of Armenian students in Cologne, in
which representatives of other Armenian community unions of Germany
also took part.
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February 11th, 2006, 10:51 pm #8

ARTHUR BAGHDASARIAN'S OFFICIAL LETTER TO EC: "THE INTOLERABLE ACTIONS IN HIN JUGHA DEFY HUMAN DIGNITY."

Panorama.am
17:51 07/02/06

The NA Chairman Arthur Baghdasarian has sent a letter to the president
of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Rene
van der Linden and to the chief secretary of the EC Terry Davis
where he expresses his preoccupation concerning the fact of barbaric
destruction of Armenian medieval grave house in Hin Jugha, Nakhichevan:
"The intolerable actions in Hin Jugha in 2002-2005 defy human dignity
as well as contradict one of the main goals of the EC: that is,
maintaining the cultural heritage of the EC member-countries. The
cross stones of Jugha grave house (7th century) are not only part of
Armenian but also European heritage.

Although the destruction of Armenian Medieval cross stones are
continuing no concrete steps have been taken by international
organizations in order to record the facts of the destructions and
prevent the further destructions of cultural values.

I appeal to the EC institutions to reestablish their orientation and
call the Azeri government to put an end to those barbaric actions
and take measures to settle down the situation."
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February 14th, 2006, 9:41 pm #9

VANDALISM IN OLD JULFA PROVES THAT KARABAGH CANNOT BE PART OF AZERBAIJAN

Yerkir/arm
February 10, 2006

National Assembly vice-speaker and Armenian Revolutionary Federation
(ARF) Bureau member Vahan Hovhannisian said Tuesday that although
Armenia lost a great deal in the Old Julfa Armenian cemetery of
Nakhichevan, these losses have helped to prove that "Karabagh as well
as other Armenian-populated regions cannot be part of Azerbaijan."

According to him, through its vandalism, Azerbaijan is doing everything
possible to destroy what remains of Armenian cultural, historic,
and ethnic heritage on former Armenian territories that are now under
Azeri rule.

Hovhannisian said that the ARF will work with all other political
factions to formulate a joint position on the matter and present it
to various international organizations. Noting that representatives
of the opposition also joined the fight, he pointed out that there is
no distinction between "opposition" and "authorities" in the struggle
to protect the homeland.

Armenian Parliament speaker Arthur Baghdasarian has sent letters to
the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Terry Davis and PACE
Chairman Rene van der Linden in which he described the situation and
demanded that relevant measures be undertaken.

Hovhannisian described the silence of ICOMOS, UNESCO, and other
international organizations as "shameful."
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February 14th, 2006, 9:42 pm #10

ANNALS ARE YET TO CRY OUT
By Gegham Mkrtchian

AZG Armenian Daily #026
14/02/2006

Khachkars of Jugha Through the Eyes of a Witness

Despite the recent barbaric annihilation of Old Jugha's unique historic
monuments, the rich annals still exist and will definitely continue
crying out. Renowned seismologist Sergey Nazaretian was fortunate
to visit Old Jugha in 1987 with an Armenian group of 5 and shoot a
number of precious photos. He presented the copies of the photos at
"Asparez" press club in Gyumri.

The photos vividly depict the "khachkar forest" that stretches on
3 hills by the Arax River bank and signs of barbaric acts of the
past. Sergey Nazaretian told that during their visit the group members
counted around 3000-3300 standing, lop-sided and overthrown khachkars
(stone cross) including ones found at church graveyards. Most of them
were made of yellow and rose sandstone. The two-meter long khachkars
leave an unforgettable impression with their skillful work, Christian
symbols and images and the warmth that beams from the Armenian spirit
that create them.

The group also took photos of a cave nearby Arax with shattered
khachkars.

One could see that some of them were left on the bank of the river
to be washed away during flood periods.

Mr. Nazaretian said that only seven khachkars avoided destruction;
those seven were transferred from Nakhijevan to Armenia (Etchmiadzin),
Russia and Europe at request of late Catholicos Vazken I.
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