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Armenia seeks international condemnation of alleged Azerbaijani destruction of monuments

20 December 2006 [00:16] - TODAY.AZ
The Armenian government has launched a traveling photo exhibition of what it claims is destruction of monuments at an ethnic Armenian cemetery in the Azerbaijani region of Nakhichevan.

"The Armenian side intends to get international condemnation of the destruction," Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian said Tuesday.

The monuments in question are intricate stone-carved crosses in the cemetery at Jugha - alternately known as Djulfe - in Nakhichevan, an exclave wedged between Armenia and Iran and Turkey.

Armenia claims Azerbaijani soldiers have systematically destroyed the crosses. Photos aimed at supporting the claim are currently being shown in Strasbourg, France, and will be moved to a new city every two months.

Azeribajani officials earlier this year denied a report that the cemetery had vanished.

Armenia and Azerbaijan remain strongly at odds over the final status of Nagorno Karabakh, a region in Azerbaijan that has been under the control of Armenian and ethnic Armenian Karabakh forces since the 1994 end of a separatist war. The Associated Press

/The International Herald Tribune/


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