ArmInfo.Russia's Permanent Representative to UNESCO, Alexander Kuznetsova, stressed the importance of sending a UNESCO assessment mission to the Nagorno-Karabakh zone as soon as possible.
Thus, the head of the Russian delegation, the Permanent Representative of Russia to UNESCO, Alexander Kuznetsov, speaking at the 211st session of the Executive Council of the Organization in Paris, expressed his conviction that building a lasting peaceful future is impossible without respect for the past.
"Additional efforts should be directed to the protection of heritage sites, including in situations of armed conflict. We hope that UNESCO will mobilize its potential for the restoration of cultural monuments in Syria. It is also important to send a UNESCO assessment mission to the Nagorno-Karabakh zone as soon as possible. We believe that the work of the mission will be of a purely humanitarian, depoliticized nature, " Kuznetsov said.
It should be noted that Azerbaijan is delaying in every possible way the issue of sending a UNESCO mission to the Karabakh conflict zone, while actively engaged in the destruction of the Armenian cultural and religious heritage in the territories that have come under Azerbaijani control. Along with the vandalism of historical monuments, two reliable facts of the destruction of Armenian churches have already been recorded - the Armenian church of Zoravar Surb Astvatsatsin in the Karabakh village of Mehakavan (Jabrayil) and the Green Chapel in Shushi were completely destroyed by the Azerbaijani Armed Forces. It should be noted that on November 20, 2020, UNESCO Director General Audre Azoulay announced the organization's readiness to send a mission to Karabakh to help restore the cultural and historical heritage of the region.
In December last year, UNESCO Deputy Director General Ernesto Ottone noted that the organization " is still waiting only for Azerbaijan's response, so that UNESCO can continue to work with the direction of the mission on the ground." In turn, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, in a communique issued on December 22, called on UNESCO not to politicize the issue of protecting cultural heritage in Karabakh and said that Baku is " open to a constructive dialogue to discuss the details of the organization of the mission." The Russian Foreign Ministry has also repeatedly stated that Moscow expects the visit of the UNESCO mission to Nagorno-Karabakh in the near future.