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Marianna Mkrtchyan

Armenia`s permanent rep to UNESCO tells about Azerbaijan-organized  ethnic cleansing in Nagorno- Karabakh 

Armenia`s permanent rep to UNESCO tells about Azerbaijan-organized  ethnic cleansing in Nagorno- Karabakh 

ArmInfo.Ambassador Christian Ter-Stepanian, Permanent Representative of Armenia to UNESCO, delivered a speech at the first plenary session of the 217th session of the Executive Board of the organization on October 9.  

According to a press release by Armenia's Foreign Ministry, in his  speech, Ambassador Ter-Stepanian referred to the forced mass  displacement of Armenians from Nagorno-Karabakh as a result of the  policy of ethnic cleansing implemented by Azerbaijan. He noted that  more than 100,000 Armenians from Nagorno- Karabakh were forced to  leave their homeland and found refuge in the Republic of Armenia.  

The ambassador highlighted the steps taken by the Azerbaijani Armed  Forces immediately after the September 19 military attack and the  departure of the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh, particularly  emphasizing the destruction of the cross placed near Stepanakert and  the attempts to appropriate and distort the identity of Gandzasar,  one of the most famous medieval Armenian monasteries.  

Ambassador Ter-Stepanian emphasized that those steps once again  demonstrate Azerbaijan's intention to destroy any Armenian traces in  Nagorno-Karabakh, something about which Armenia has raised alarm as  of November 2020.  

In this context, the ambassador specially emphasized the urgency of  sending the fact-finding mission of UNESCO to Nagorno-Karabakh,  noting that the implementation of such a mission is among the  programs considered by the Director General.

  He also highly appreciated the UNESCO mission already in Armenia to  assess the necessary conditions for the continuity of education of  30,000 children displaced from Nagorno-Karabakh.  

Concluding his speech, the Permanent Representative of Armenia to  UNESCO emphasized the importance of proper assessment and involvement  of the international community in the current situation.  

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