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Culture Ministry appeals to int'l organizations amid Armenian vandalism

24 November 2020 [16:17] - TODAY.AZ

By Azernews

By Laman Ismayilova

The Azerbaijan Culture Ministry has appealed to UNESCO and ISESCO amid Armenian vandalism on liberated territories. 

The preliminary monitoring has been carried out on Azerbaijan's territories, recently liberated from Armenian occupation. 

The appeal reflects the results of the monitoring of the damage caused to the country`s historical, cultural, and religious monuments in the liberated territories. 

The ministry emphasizes that the destruction of historical and cultural heritage is a gross violation of the requirements of relevant international conventions and a crime against humanity.

The appeal notes that the development of a historically multicultural and tolerant society in Azerbaijan is one of the key priorities of the state policy. 

Nowadays representatives of different nations and religions enjoy peaceful coexistence and contribute to the country's overall progress.

Along with the Muslim community, Christian and Jewish religious communities are also regarded as an integral part of society.  Monuments and places of worship belonging to all these religions are protected and restored by the Azerbaijani state, regardless of their origin.

The Culture Ministry informs that results of the ongoing monitoring on the liberated territories will be regularly presented to the leaders of both organizations.

Notably, Azerbaijan and UNESCO have been enjoying successful cooperation since 1992. In 2003, the parties signed the framework agreement on cooperation in the areas of culture, science, education and communication, which allowed Azerbaijan to become one of the donors of UNESCO.

Many Azerbaijan's cultural sites have been included into UNESCO's World Heritage List: Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah's Palace and the Maiden Tower, the Historic Centre of Sheki with the Khan’s Palace and Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape.

Azerbaijan has been a member of ISESCO since 1991. Established in 1991, these relations have entered into a stage of successful development after the awarding of Azerbaijan's First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva as Goodwill Ambassador of ISESCO on November  24, 2006. Aliyeva was honoured for her services in the development of education and dialogue between civilizations.

The country is closely cooperating with various organizations of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation - ISESCO, the Islamic Development Bank, the Islamic Conference of Parliamentary Union, the Islamic Conference of Youth Forum.

The Islamic World Heritage Committee, at its extraordinary meeting held at the ISESCO headquarters last year, approved the inscription the following heritage sites of  Azerbaijan on the list of the Islamic World Heritage: Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah’s Palace and the Maiden Tower, the Historic Centre of Sheki with the Khan’s Palace and the Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape.


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