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Marianna Mkrtchyan

While int`l community is dozing off, Azerbaijan demolishes  Ghazanchetsots Armenian cemetery in Shushi

While int`l community is dozing off, Azerbaijan demolishes  Ghazanchetsots Armenian cemetery in Shushi

ArmInfo. Azerbaijan destroyed the Armenian cemetery of Ghazanchetsots in the city of Shushi in  occupied Artsakh. This was reported by Caucasus Heritage Watch, citing satellite images from April 4.

"Satellite imagery dated April 4 shows that the destruction of the  Ghazanchetsots cemetery in Shusha is now complete. This marks the  first destruction of a cemetery since the 

International Court of Justice ordered Azerbaijan to prevent and  punish attacks on Armenian cultural heritage.  Damage to the cemetery  began in October 2023, as CHW reported in an alert on Nov 27, 2023  (see profile page, or the link to a tweet in comment). We told the  story of the historic site and the threat it faced. At that point, it  was not too late to stop the destruction. But by December 2023 it was  almost gone.  

This is the third cemetery destroyed since the 2020 ceasefire. Four  others have been damaged. Bulldozing Armenian burials is an emerging  feature of post-war development in Azerbaijan's Karabakh, disturbing  ancestors and erasing inconvenient testimony to belonging and  coexistence. " Earlier it also became known that Azerbaijan destroyed  the village of Karin Tak near Shushi.  In this regard, deputy  director of Le Figaro magazine Jean-Christophe Buisson in particular,  wrote: "This is what remains of the Armenian village of Karin Tak  near Shushi, conquered by the Azerbaijanis in 2020:  nothing! 500  inhabitants lived in it. Azerbaijan is erasing all traces Armenian  life and civilization in Artsakh/Nagorno- Karabakh:  churches,  cemeteries, houses...".

Azerbaijan is freely erasing ancient Armenian cultural and spiritual  sites from the face of the earth. All this is happening against the  background of the tacit encouragement of the so-called international  community.  Days earlier, it became known about the complete  destruction of the Green Church of 1818 in occupied Shushi.

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