ArmInfo. The European Commission condemns the attacks of Azerbaijanis on the Cathedral of Holy Christ the All-Savior Kazanchetsots in Shushi during the hostilities in the fall of 2020. ArmInfo was informed about this in the press service of the Hay Dat European Bureau.
Thus, according to the report, in response to an urgent written question sent to the European Commission by the Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Lucas Furlas, EU High Representative / Vice President Josep Borrell on behalf of the European Commission expressed regret over the fact of damage to the Kazanchetsots Cathedral in Shushi by the Armed Forces Azerbaijan.
At the same time, when asked by the European parliamentarian whether the European Commission plans to take steps to protect the civilian population and places of worship in Nagorno-Karabakh, which were under the control of Azerbaijan, the European Commission stated that it regrets the destruction of religious and historical monuments in Nagorno-Karabakh and emphasizes the importance of preserving and restoring cultural and religious heritage.
“In addition, in his response, the EU High Representative refers to UN Security Council Resolution 2347 (2017), which defines war crimes against religious, educational and cultural centers. The European Commission also welcomes the UNESCO-initiated mission to visit Nagorno-Karabakh and the territories , which are currently controlled by Azerbaijan, in order to conduct the first actual assessment of the Armenian cultural heritage. This will also contribute to the preservation and restoration of cultural sites, "the message says.
EAFJD President Kaspar Karampetyan stressed that Azerbaijan should bear full responsibility for the horrific war crimes committed during and after the 2020 war in Nagorno-Karabakh, including attacks on civilian settlements, as well as religious sites, including the Kazanchetsots Cathedral in Shushi. "Shushi was undoubtedly a historical Armenian city, an important center of culture and education and a symbol of the Armenian revival of Artsakh. The international community and relevant organizations must closely monitor and control the preservation of the Armenian religious and cultural heritage in the region. We must not allow another act of cultural genocide. such as the destruction of thousands of Armenian medieval khachkars in Nakhichevan by the Azerbaijani authorities in 2006. Any attempts to destroy the historical Armenian presence must be prevented and resolutely condemned, "summed up Karampetian. Recall that on October 8, 2020, the Cathedral of Holy Christ the All-Savior in Shushi was twice fired upon by the Azerbaijani Armed Forces. As a result of the second shelling, three Russians were injured - Yuri Kotenok, Levon Arzanov and a member of the accompanying group Hrant Baladyan, who arrived at the scene to cover the consequences of the bombing of the same temple in the morning.