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 PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2006 9:17 am    Post subject: DSCHURA: Schändund des Friedhofs - Profanation Reply with quote Back to top


Arrow Communiqué de presse en français [PDF]
Arrow Press release in English [PDF]
Arrow Medienmitteilung auf Deutsch [PDF]
Arrow Dossier

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DSCHURA: SCHÄNDUNG DES ARMENISCHEN FRIEDHOFS

DJUGHA: PROFANATION DU CIMETIERE ARMENIEN




Die Gesellschaft Schweiz-Armenien (GSA) hat kürzlich von der Schändung des mittelalterlichen armenischen Friedhofes in Dschura / Dschulfa (Autonomrepublik Nakhitschewan, Republik Aserbaidschan) erfahren und ist sofort mit den entsprechenden schweizerischen Regierungsgremien in Kontakt getreten, um eine Stellungnahme bezüglich dieser absichtlichen Zerstörung aufzufordern.

Hiermit finden Sie die Kopie des Briefes der GSA an Bundesrätin Micheline Calmy-Rey, Vorsteherin des Eidgenössischen Departements für auswärtige Angelegenheiten.

Für mehr Informationen, bitten wir Sie die hierunter ausgeführte Links zu aktivieren.

Sarkis Shahinian und Andreas Dreisiebner
Co-Präsidenten der Gesellschaft Schweiz-Armenien

DER BRIEF


L'Association Suisse-Arménie (ASA) a été récemment informée de cet acte de violation gravissime du cimitière médiéval arménien de Djougha/Djoulfa (Région autonome du Nakhitchevan, République d'Azerbaidjan) et s'est mise immédiatement en contact avec les autorités préposées au sein du Gouvernement suisse, pour solliciter une prise de position rélativement à cette destruction délibérée.

Vous trouvez ci-jointe la copie de la lettre adressée par l'ASA à la cheffe du Département fédéral des affaires étrangères, Madame Micheline Calmy-Rey.

Vous obtiendrez plus d'informations sur les sites dont vous trouverez les links ci-dessous.

Sarkis Shahinian et Andreas Dreisiebner,
Co-présidents de l'Association Suisse-Arménie


LA LETTRE

The history of Djougha

Destruction: long video

Destruction: Haireniktv video

AGA-Seite: Aserbaidschan begeht Ethnozid

Resumees in Russian and English

High resolution pictures

Destruction pictures gallery

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AGA-Aktion:
Berlin, Freitag, den 20. Januar 2006, 13:00 bis 15:00 Uhr, Mahnwache
"Gegen den Kulturmord in Nachitschewan"


In der von Sowjetrussland einst unter aserbaidschanische Verwaltung gestellten historischen armenischen Provinz Nachitschewan werden systematisch armenische sakrale Kulturdenkmäler zerstört. Gegen diesen Ethnozid rufen wir zur Teilnahme an einer polizeilich genehmigten Mahnwache vor der Botschaft der Republik Aserbaidschan, Kommandantenstr. 80, 10117 Berlin-Mitte, nahe U-Bahnhof Spittelmarkt auf.

Botschaft der Republik Aserbaidschan
Kommandantenstr.80
10117 Berlin / Mitte
Deutschland





Voir aussi nos informations publiées en 2003 !


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Original von Hovnathan
An Alle
Da ja In der letzten Zeit einiges auf internationaler sowie bundesweiter Ebene gegen dieses Skandal unternommen wurde möchte ich hier noch einen weiteren Gedanken der Effektivität in den Raum setzen.
Es handelt sich nämlich um Unterstützung zu erhalten von Archäologie, Kultur und Kunst Geschichtlichen Instituten auf deutschem Boden.

Was wir machen können ist jeweilige Institute an Unis an denen wir studieren mit ausführliche Information informieren, und so um Unterstützung bitten.

In Kanada unternahmen Armenische Studenten teil an der jährlichen Tagung des Amerikanischen Archäologischen Institutes und erzielten einen großen erfolg in dem sie erfolgreich über die Ereignisse in Nachichevan berichteten. http://www.norserunt.de/main.php?cat=1

Nach unserer Demo und den sonstigen Aktivitäten die wir in Hinsicht auf die Zerstörung der Khatchkars unternommen haben. Können wir auch so weiter machen indem wir wie ich schon gesagt habe uns an die unterschiedlichen Institute an unseren Unis wenden.

Da ich unter anderem auch Archäologiestudent bin werde ich an der uni Heidelberg auch versuchen einiges in die Wege zu leiten.

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20. Januar 2006 | AGA NEWSLETTER

Unsere Mahnwache wurde vom Berliner Polizeipräsidenten für den gewünschten Zeitraum (Freitag, 20.01.2006, 13:00 bis 15:00) genehmigt. Da aber der örtliche Einsatzleiter verlangte, dass sich die Demonstranten 500 Meter vom Botschaftsgebäude entfernt postieren, hat der AGA-Verantwortliche für die Mahnwache die Veranstaltung auf kommende Woche verschoben; eine Genehmigung mit Absprache über eine günstigere Positionierung werden wir demnächst beantragen und den neuen Termin so schnell wie möglich über diesen Newsletter und die AGA-Homepage bekanntgeben.

Trotz Schneeregen und Kälte waren heute erfreulich viele Interessenten für die Mahnwache erschienen

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Das Berliner Polizeipräsidium hat heute erneut eine Mahnwache bei der Botschaft der Republik Aserbaidschan aus Protest gegen die Zerstörung christlich-armenischer Kulturdenkmäler in Nachitschewan genehmigt.

Wir rufen auf, sich zahlreich an dieser Mahnwache zu beteiligen:

Freitag, den 27. Januar 2006, von 13:00 bis 15:00, Kommandantenstr. 80 (nahe U-Bahnhof Spittelmarkt)

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 PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2006 3:25 pm    Post subject: AZERBAIJAN DESTROYS MEDIEVAL ARMENIAN CHRISTIAN CEMETERY Reply with quote Back to top

AZERBAIJAN DESTROYS MEDIEVAL ARMENIAN
CHRISTIAN CEMETERY, GROUP SAYS

Thursday, 26 January 2006

BosNewsLife, Hungary



Armenian Christians still recall the legacy of the 1915 genocide.

BAKU/BUDAPEST -- The government of Azerbaijan has destroyed an "irreplaceable" medieval Armenian Christian cemetery in the Djulfa region of the country's Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, amid growing tensions in the area, an influential religious rights group said Thursday, January 26.

Washington-based International Christian Concern (ICC), claimed "the act of cultural cleansing" resembled the spirit of the Armenian Genocide, which it called "an attempt by Muslim countries in the region to erase all memory of a thriving Christian culture that existed in the Caucasus area since the fourth century."

Azeri officials denied its forces destroyed the cemetery saying that these statements "simply target misleading the international community," local media reported.

The head of the President's Office International Relations Department, Novruz Mammadov, accused Armenians of trying to misinform the US Senate and House of Representatives. "The truth is that 20 percent of Azerbaijan's territory has been leveled," he said in published remarks.

Despite a 1994 cease-fire, Azerbaijan has yet to resolve its conflict with Armenia over the Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh enclave which is largely Armenian populated. Azerbaijan lost 16 percent of its territory, and must support some 571,000 internally displaced persons as a result of the conflict, according to the US Central Intelligence Agency.

TALIBAN'S DESTRUCTION

However ICC suggested that it has evidence that the government's actions are "on the same level as the Taliban's destruction of the Bamiyan Buddha statues (in Afghanistan) in 2001 and the desecration of Jewish cemeteries throughout Europe."

"The shocking videotape of the systematic demolition of this treasure of world Christian heritage documents for all to see a deliberate act of hatred against a long-persecuted Christian nation and - more broadly - an affront to all Christians around the world."

It said that in mid-December of 2005, roughly 200 Azerbaijani soldiers "were caught on videotape using sledgehammers to demolish a sacred site of the Armenian Apostolic Church." It claimed that the "shocking videotape of the systematic demolition of this treasure of world Christian heritage documents for all to see a deliberate act of hatred against a long-persecuted Christian nation and - more broadly - an affront to all Christians around the world."

The cemetery dates back to the 7th Century and was once home to as many as 10,000 intricately carved stone-crosses known as khatchkars, ICC said.

"PROFOUNDLY TROUBLED"

"We are profoundly troubled by the Azerbaijani government's desecration of the Armenian Christian cemetery in Djulfa -particularly the destruction of irreplaceable carved stone crosses, many over a thousand years old," added ICC president Jeff King in a statement obtained by BosNewsLife.

The ICC said the alleged attack followed previous demolitions in 1998 and 2002 and "effectively destroyed this site - erasing forever a true treasure of world heritage."

ICC also criticized the US State Department for allegedly remaining silent over the issue. The State Department recently acknowledged however that "animosity toward ethnic Armenians" has "forced most Armenians to emigrate, and all Armenian churches, many of which were damaged in riots that took place more than a decade ago, (have) remained closed."

US officials estimate that 20,000 ethnic Armenians have been unable to attend services at their traditional places of worship because of the closures.

CEMETERY DESTRUCTION

ICC suggested that the destruction of the cemetery and apparent government pressure on Armenian Christians resembled the atmosphere that preceded the 1915 genocide when over 1.5 million Armenian, Hellenic, and Assyrian Christians were allegedly killed as Azerbaijan and Turkey "sought to eradicate the historical memory of the thriving Christian presence in the Caucasus and Anatolia."

The Christian Armenian legacy in this part of the world dates back to the apostles Thaddeus and Bartholomew and, later, Armenia's conversion to Christianity as a state religion in the year 301, experts say. Turkey, which wants to join the European Union, has come under international pressure to acknowledge the mass killing of Armenians from 1915 as a "tragedy."

France passed a law officially recognizing the Armenian genocide in 2001, cooling relations with Turkey and jeopardizing a major arms deal. At least another 14 nations, including Switzerland, Russia and Argentina, also classified the killings as genocide. (ICC can be reached via website: http://www.persecution.org. With BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos, BosNewsLife Research and reports from Azerbaijan and the United States).

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COE REPRESENTATIVE TO VISIT JUGHA

24-01-2006 | Politics | PACE WINTER SESSION 2006


CoE reporter on Cultural Heritage O'Hara told Demirchyan about it.

As Demirchyan noted an agreement was gained during today's meeting that he would visit Nakhijevan at the end of May and make a report.

We should note that ex-delegate from Justice bloc Shavarsh Kocharyan had also come up with suggestion to the Committee of Ministers to send an inspection mission to Jugha to make a report on demolishing historical and cultural values.
 
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 PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2006 4:08 pm    Post subject: EU CALLS ON AZERBAIJAN STOP DESTRUCTION Reply with quote Back to top

EU CALLS ON AZERBAIJAN STOP
DESTRUCTION OF ARMENIA MONUMENTS


Arka News Agency, Armenia
Jan 25 2006


YEREVANA, January 25. /ARKA/. The European Union is calling on the
Azerbaijani authorities to put an end to the destruction of ancient
Armenian khachkars (cross-stones) in southern Nakhichevan. The press
and information department, RA Foreign Office, reports that this
statement was incorporated in the report European Neighborhood Policy
adopted by the European Parliament. Mari-Ann Isler Begin, Chairman of
the EU-Armenian parliamentary cooperation commission, stated that the
document condemns the destruction of Armenian monuments in Old Juga.

The EU appeals to the Azerbaijani authorities for putting an end
to the destruction to medieval Armenian tombs and cross-stones in
Nakhichevan, the report says.

At its plenary meeting on January 19, the European Parliament
adopted the report European Neighborhood Policy prepared by the
British member Charles Tannock. The document contained supplements,
including supplements on the South Caucasus. The parliamentarians
that made speeches at the meeting stated that the South Caucasus must
remain in the center of the EU's attention.

Benita Fererro Valder, Foreign and European Neighborhood Policy
Commissioner, pointed out the importance of involving the South
Caucasus in the European neighborhood policy. She pointed out that
the elaboration of action programs must encourage conflict settlement
and economic and democratic development.
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CULTURAL DESTRUCTION, A GENOCIDE CONTINUED

Written by Raffi Sarkissian, Contributor

Excalibur Online (York University), Canada
Feb 1 2006

History leaves its tangible marks on our world through the remnants
of architecture and artifacts, which become valuable information for
individuals researching the social sciences. For example, the Coliseum
in Italy with its magnificent design tells us much about the culture,
architectural motif and favorite past times of the ancient Romans.

Many historians of ancient history have indubitably learned a great
deal from architecture such as the above example. However, in certain
circumstances, when these invaluable pieces of history lie in occupied
or disputed territory, they are systematically destroyed and removed
from the face of the earth in attempts to remove, along with them, the
cultural and historical realities and pasts of certain regions. This
is especially true when the country committing these acts of cultural
genocide is working diligently to hide a historical truth.

I speak of this problem because of a very recent incident in Old
Djulfa, Nakhichevan, an Azerbaijani occupied territory, just south
west of Armenia. This region is historically Armenian, along with much
of Eastern Turkey. After the forcible removal and deportations of
the Armenians from their native lands, during the Armenian Genocide
in 1915, these lands were left vastly marked by the remnants of the
Armenian culture, religion and architecture mainly in the form of
ancient churches, cemeteries and cross stones.

On Dec. 15, 2005, about 100 Azeri servicemen were caught, photographed
and videotaped by onlookers from the Iranian boarder, while they
desecrated and destroyed a 400-year-old Armenian cemetery filled
with hand carved traditional Armenian cross stones, the second of
such attempts in the last three years.

Both the Turkish and Azerbaijani governments have adopted a policy to
destroy the abundant historical and cultural wealth situated within
their territories. These are treasures, which belongs as much to all
of humanity as to the Armenians themselves. Churches dating back to
the eight and ninth century have been sentenced to destruction and
neglect, or converted to stables and or target practice locations. The
ancient city of Ani, today in Eastern Turkey, which was known for its
1,001 churches, is now barely marked by a handful of half destroyed
churches. It is only a matter of time that these remnants too will be
destroyed if serious action against this violence is not taken by the
international community. This is an attempt to remove all traces of
an Armenian history in these regions in order to further the Turkish
and Azerbaijani genocide denial campaigns.

The destruction of these historical and sacred sites must be exposed
and stopped, and the awareness of such events across the globe must
be spread worldwide. As civilized human beings, we have learned to
treat and respect the cultural, religious and ethnic diversity of this
world with dignity, and we must not allow such forms of uncivilized
and intentional destruction to occur.

Destruction such as this promotes hatred, racism and pain, and only
furthers the ambitions of oppressive and genocidal governments.

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ITALIAN 'LA STAMPA' NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED
AN ARTICLE ABOUT AZERBAIJANI DESECRATORS
OF ARMENIAN CHURCHYARDS



YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 1. ARMINFO. According to the report of the Armenian
Foreign Ministry, the Italian 'La Stampa' newspaper published an
article, entitled 'Azerbaijani soldiers desecrated the graves of the
oldest Armenian Churchyard'. It was published on January 23, 2006.

The article', author Flavia Amabile represents the historical
facts and then criticizes the authorities of Azerbaijan, and UN
and UNESCO for their indifference. On January 30 the saem newspaper
published the response of the Azerbaijani Embassy in Italy, denying
the groundless accusations of Ms. Amabile and blaming her for giving
false information.

'La Stampa' also published the article of the Ambassador of Armenia
to Italy Ruben Shugarian. The Ambassador, referring to the letter of
Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian to UNESCO, in his article
says that from the very beginning of the 20th century Azerbaijani
authorities have been working to exterminate all the traces of
Armenian civilization on territory of modern Azerbaijan. 'The European
Commission, the US Congress, the British House of Lords have condemned
the actions of Azerbaijan and required to stop them immediately,'
adds Mr. Shugarian.
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 PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 2:19 am    Post subject: ALERTE: LE PE CONDAMNE LA DESTRUCTION DE DJOULFA Reply with quote Back to top

February 15, 2006 | European Parliament | Brussels

JOINT MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION


[Réf. PE 369.572v01-00 | PE 369.576v01-00 | PE 369.587v01-00 | PE 369.590v01-00 | PE 369.591v01-00 | PE 369.595v01-00] RC1
[Réf. B6-0111/06 | B6-0115/06 | B6-0126/06 | B6-0129/06 | B6-0130/06 | B6-0134/06] RC1 - pursuant to Rule 115(5) of the Rules of Procedure, by


– Charles Tannock and Bernd Posselt, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group
– Pasqualina Napoletano, Jan Marinus Wiersma, Hannes Swoboda and Panagiotis Beglitis, on behalf of the PSE Group
– Frédérique Ries and Thierry Cornillet, on behalf of the ALDE Group
– Marie Anne Isler Béguin and Cem Özdemir, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group
– Vittorio Agnoletto, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group
– Micha? Tomasz Kami?ski and Konrad Szyma?ski,on behalf of the UEN Group replacing the motions by the following groups: PPE-DE (B6?0111) | GUE/NGL (B6?0115/06) | ALDE (B6?0126/06) | PPE-DE (B6?0129/06) | UEN (B6?0130/06) | Verts/ALE (B6?0134/06)
on Azerbaijan


European Parliament resolution on Azerbaijan - Original Version here:[E][F][D]


The European Parliament,

– having regard to its resolutions of 9 June 2005 and 27 October 2005 on Azerbaijan(1),

– having regard to its resolution of 19 January 2006 on the European Neighbourhood Policy(2),

– having regard to its previous resolutions on the South Caucasus and especially its resolution adopted on 11 March 1999(3) and its recommendation adopted on 26 February 2004(4),

– having regard to its previous resolutions on the South Caucasus and especially its resolution adopted on 11 March 1999(5) and its recommendation adopted on 26 February 2004(6),

– having regard to the decision taken by the Council on the 14 June 2004 to include both Armenia and Azerbaijan in the European Neighbourhood Policy, in particular for the purpose of fostering goodneighbourly relations, especially through respect for minorities,

– having regard to the obligations of Azerbaijan and Armenia towards the Council of Europe, especially through the European Cultural Convention, the revised European Convention for the Protection of Archaeological Heritage, and the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, that they have ratified and undertaken to respect,

– having regard to the UNESCO 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its 1954 Protocol, to which both Armenia and Azerbaijan are party, as applicable to occupied territories,

– having regard to the 2003 UNESCO Declaration concerning the Intentional Destruction of Cultural Heritage whereby the international community recognises the importance of the protection of cultural heritage and reaffirms its commitment to combat its intentional destruction in any form so that such cultural heritage may be transmitted to the succeeding generations,

– having regard to the report of ICOMOS(7) and the intermediary report on freedom of worship and religion made by the UN Committee for Human Rights(8),

– having regard to Rule 115(5) of its Rules of Procedure,


A. whereas allegations have been made by Armenia that campaigns to destroy the Armenian cemetery at Djulfa in the region of Nakhichevan were carried out by Azerbaijani forces in November 1998 and December 2002; whereas the most recent destruction took place in December 2005, as evidenced by the recent video footage from the Armenian authorities,

B. whereas there were numerous reactions to these actions from the international community; whereas Azerbaijan has not provided answers to inquiries from Mr Abdelfattah Amor, the former special rapporteur of the United Nations, concerning the events in November 1998 and December 2002,

C. whereas serious allegations have been raised about the involvement of the Azerbaijani authorities in the destruction of these monuments,

D. underlining the exceptional nature of this archaeological site, which still had 6 000 'khatchkars' remaining – crosses carved in stone typical of Armenian religious art – and which testifies to the ethnic and cultural diversity of the region,

E. whereas the destruction or desecration of any monuments or objects of cultural, religious or national heritage infringes the principles of the European Union,

F. whereas that destruction is taking place in the context of the suspended conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan on the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh,

G. whereas there might soon be a favourable outcome to the negotiations on Nagorno-Karabakh and agreement might be reached on the principles for settling the conflict in spite of the unproductive meeting in Rambouillet between the presidents of Armenia and of Azerbaijan on 10 and 11 February 2006,

H. recalling that the European Neighbourhood Policy aims to establish a privileged partnership with Azerbaijan and Armenia on the basis of common values, including respect for minorities and their cultural heritage,


1. Condemns strongly the destruction of the Djulfa cemetery as well as the destruction of all sites of historical importance that has taken place on Armenian or Azerbaijani territory, and condemns any such action that seeks to destroy the cultural heritage of a people;

2. Calls on the Council and the Commission to make clear to Armenia and Azerbaijan that all efforts must be made to stop the practice of ethnic cleansing which has led to such actions, and to find ways to facilitate the gradual return of refugees and displaced people;

3. Demands that Azerbaijan and Armenia respect their international commitments - notably in the cultural realm - and especially those deriving from their accession to the Council of Europe and incorporation into the European Neighbourhood Policy;

4. Stresses that respect for minority rights including historical, religious and cultural heritage is conditional on the genuine and effective development of the European Neighbourhood Policy, which must also lead to the establishment of goodneighbourly relations between all the countries concerned;

5. Demands that Azerbaijan allow missions dedicated to surveying and protecting the archaeological heritage on its territory, especially Armenian heritage, such as experts working with ICOMOS, and also allow a European Parliament delegation to visit the archaeological site at Djulfa;

6. Calls on Armenia and Azerbaijan to abide by their international commitments, in particular in the area of culture and of safeguarding cultural heritage, entered into within international bodies such as UNESCO and the Council of Europe, and calls on them to do their utmost to protect archaeological, historical and cultural heritage on their territories in order to prevent the destruction of other endangered sites;

7. Invites the Commission and the Council to incorporate a clause on protecting those territories’ invaluable archaeological or historical sites into the action plans currently being discussed in a European Neighbourhood Policy context;

8. Invites the Commission and the Council to make the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy action plans conditional on respect by Azerbaijan's and Armenia's for universally accepted principles, in particular their obligations as members of the Council of Europe, regarding human and minority rights, and calls on the Commission and the Council to incorporate into these action plans specific provisions for the protection of the cultural heritage of minorities;

9. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the national parliaments and governments of the Member States, the Government and the President of Armenia, the Government and the President of Azerbaijan, as well as the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the Director-General of UNESCO and the Secretary-General of the United Nations.


(1) Texts Adopted, P6_TA(2005)0243 and P6_TA(2005)0411.
(2) Texts Adopted P6_TA(2006)0028.
(3) OJ C 175 E 21.6.1999, p. 251.
(4) OJ C 98 E, 23.4.2004, p. 193.
(5) OJ C 175 E 21.6.1999, p. 251.
(6) OJ C 98 E, 23.4.2004, p. 193.
(7) ICOMOS World Report on Monuments and Sites in danger 2002 – “Heritage@Risk” .
(8) 58th Session of the UN General Assembly – Document 1/58/296, 19.8.2003.
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EUROPEAN ARMENIAN FEDERATION
for Justice and Democracy
Avenue de la Renaissance 10
B-1000 Bruxelles
Tel: +322 732 70 26
Tel/Fax: +322 732 70 27
Email: contact@eafjd.org


PRESS RELEASE
For immediate release
February 16, 2006
Contact: Vartenie ECHO
Tel: +322 732 70 26


EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT STRONGLY CONDEMNS
AZERBAIJAN'S DESTRUCTION OF THE DJULFA ARMENIAN CEMETERY


BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - The European Parliament today overwhelmingly adopted a resolution condemning the Azerbaijani government's destruction of the Armenian cemetery in Djulfa, a unique archaeological treasure located in the Nakhichevan autonomous republic administered by Azerbaijan.

The resolution, which was approved by a vote of 85 to 5, noted that, "serious allegations have been raised about the involvement of the Azerbaijani authorities in the destruction of these monuments" and stressed that " Azerbaijan has not provided answers [on this matter to] the former special rapporteur of the United Nations." Based on these and other findings, the European Parliament “strongly condemns the destruction of the Djulfa cemetery […]” and “demands that Azerbaijan allow missions dedicated to surveying and protecting the archaeological heritage on its territory, especially Armenian heritage […].” The measure also asks Azerbaijan to “allow a European Parliament delegation to visit the archaeological site at Djulfa.”

“We extend our warmest congratulations to the Members of the European Parliament for the principled and comprehensive nature of this condemnation. We regret, however, attempts, especially from the European Greens, to obscure Azerbaijan's crime by drawing fake parallels with alleged destruction of cultural sites by Armenia,” stated Hilda Tchoboian, the Chairperson of the European Armenian Federation.

The European Armenian Federation calls upon the presidency of the European Parliament to promptly send the parliamentary delegation called for in this resolution to survey the destruction of Djulfa.

The Federation also expressed its hope that this European initiative will encourage other national, multilateral and international bodies to condemn the Djulfa destruction with the same energy that they devoted to their protests in 2001 of the Buddhas of Bamiyan.


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DESTRUCTION DE DJOULFA :
LE PARLEMENT EUROPEEN CONDAMNE FERMEMENT L’ AZERBAÏDJAN


Le Parlement européen a adopté par 85 voix contre 5 une résolution d’urgence spécifiquement dédiée à la destruction par l’Azerbaïdjan de l’exceptionnel site arménien de Djoulfa, au Nakhitchevan (république autonome rattachée à l ’Azerbaïdjan). Cette résolution considère que des « allégations sérieuses ont mis en cause l’implication des autorités azéries dans ces destructions », et que « l’ Azerbaïdjan n’a pas été en mesure de fournir des explications […] au précédent rapporteur spécial de l’ONU ».

En conséquence, le Parlement européen « condamne fermement la destruction du cimetière de Djoulfa […] » et « demande à l’Azerbaïdjan de permettre des missions dévolues à la surveillance et à la protection du patrimoine archéologique sur son territoire, spécialement du patrimoine arménien […] ». Il demande en outre à l’Azerbaïdjan de « permettre à une délégation du Parlement européen de visiter le site archéologique de Djoulfa ».

« Nous adressons nos plus vives félicitations et nos plus chaleureux remerciements aux parlementaires européens pour la justesse et l’exemplarité de cette condamnation. Nous déplorons cependant certaines tentatives, en particulier celles du groupe des Verts européens, de masquer le crime commis par les autorités azéries en établissant des parallèles artificiels avec des destructions supposées par l’Arménie » a déclaré Hilda Tchoboian, présidente de la Fédération Euro-Arménienne.

La Fédération Euro-Arménienne fait appel à la présidence du Parlement européen pour qu’elle mette rapidement sur pied la délégation parlementaire chargée de vérifier la destruction de Djoulfa.

Elle attend également de cette résolution qu’elle amène d’autres institutions internationales à remplir leurs fonctions et à condamner à leur tour ces destructions comme elles l’ont fait pour les Bouddhas de Bamiyan.
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Medienmitteilung – Bern, 22. Februar 2006

Gefährliche Priorisierung der Schweiz im Südkaukasus


Mit ihrer aussenpolitischen Bevorzugung Aserbaidschans gefährdet die Schweiz die
sich vorsichtig anbahnende Konfliktlösung um Berg-Karabach im Südkaukasus.




Unvorsichtige Äusserungen aus dem EDA zu Friedhofschändungen gigantischen
Ausmasses in der Region heizen die Problematik zusätzlich an. Die Gesellschaft
Schweiz-Armenien warnt vor einer Verschärfung des Konfliktes.


Die Gesellschaft Schweiz-Armenien (GSA) begrüsst es, dass sich Bundesrätin Micheline
Calmy-Rey für die Konfliktlösung im Südkaukasus einsetzt, wie sie das in einem Brief an die
GSA anfangs Januar versprochen hat. Umso befremdeter ist die GSA, dass der offizielle
Arbeitsbesuch Calmy-Reys vom 22. bis 24. Februar 2006 ausschliesslich nach
Aserbaidschan führt und gemäss Programm keine sicherheitspolitischen und
völkerrechtlichen Themen angesprochen werden sollen. Erst kurz vor Abreise Calmy-Reys
verlautete aus dem EDA (Lars Knuchel im Tages-Anzeiger vom 22. Februar 2006), auch der
Konflikt um Berg-Karabach würde thematisiert; dies aber in einem deplatzierten
Zusammenhang mit der Zerstörung der mittelalterlichen Grabstätte Dschulfa in der
aserischen Autonomen Republik Nachitschewan.


Dass diese Friedhof-Schändung von gigantischem Ausmass gemäss EDA auf einen
«ungelösten Konflikt» zurückzuführen ist, weist die GSA mit Entsetzen zurück. Diese
Betrachtungsweise ist vor dem Hintergrund der Zerstörung der Fels-Buddhas im Bamyantal
(Afghanistan) durch die Taliban verheerend. Die aus dem 9. Jahrhundert stammende
Grabstätte von Dschulfa, eine historisch äusserst wertvolle Nekropole mit ursprünglich über
10'000 Steinkreuzen, ist Mitte Dezember 2005 von aserischen Armeeeinheiten systematisch
und irreversibel zerstört worden.


Der Europarat hat Aserbaidschan wegen dieser Zerstörung
des Dschulfa-Komplexes am 16. Februar 2006 entschieden verurteilt.
Mit dem Exklusivbesuch der Schweizer Aussenministerin wird dem Südkaukasus eine
Bevorzugung Aserbaidschans demonstriert, die der Konfliktbewältigung in dieser Region
abträglich ist.


Die Verhandlungen um den Berg-Karabach-Konflikt befinden sich zurzeit in
einer sehr heiklen Phase. Nach den Gesprächen zwischen den beiden Präsidenten Ilham
Alijev (Aserbaidschan) und Robert Kotscharian (Armenien) in Rambouillet vom 10./11.Februar 2006 ist noch keine Lösung am Horizont erkennbar. Daher ist es gefährlich,
unbalancierte Aktivitäten im Südkaukasus zu entfalten, weil sie destabilisierend und
verunsichernd wirken und in der Region die militärische Konfliktaustragung wieder aufleben
zu lassen drohen.

Die Entscheidung der Schweiz, Aserbaidschan als Referenz im
Südkaukasus zu bezeichnen (EDA vom 21. Februar 2006), bekommt eine Bedeutung, die
die ökonomische Beziehung Schweiz-Aserbaidschan weit übersteigt, weshalb sie seitens der
GSA als äusserst inopportun betrachtet wird. Denn dadurch riskiert die Schweiz, ihre
Neutralität in der politischen Regelung des Konflikts im Südkaukasus zu verlieren.

Auskünfte: Sarkis Shahinian, Co-Präsident GSA, 076 399 16 25


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Armenier sind besorgt über Besuch Calmy-Reys in Aserbaidschan

Bern (sda) Die Gesellschaft Schweiz-Armenien ist «äusserst besorgt» über den «einseitigen» Besuch von Bundesrätin Micheline Calmy-Rey in Aserbaidschan. Die Schweiz stelle ihre Vermittlerrolle im Südkaukasus in Frage, sagte Kopräsident Sarkis Shahinian.

Am (heutigen) Mittwoch reist Micheline Calmy-Rey zu einem dreitägigen Arbeitsbesuch nach Aserbaidschan. Im Mittelpunkt der Gespräche mit den Spitzen der aserbaidschanischen Regierung steht die Unterzeichnung mehrerer bilateraler Abkommen.

Aserbaidschan gehört seit 1992 mit sieben weiteren Staaten zur Ländergruppe der Bretton-Woods-Institutionen, die von der Schweiz angeführt wird. Es befindet sich gleichzeitig aber in der Region Berg-Karabach auch seit Jahren im Konflikt mit seinem Nachbarn Armenien.

Vermittlerrolle in Frage gestellt?

Bis heute sei die Schweiz um ein Gleichgewicht im Südkaukasus bestrebt gewesen. Mit dem angekündigten «einseitigen ökonomischen Engagement in Aserbaidschan» stelle sie diese neutrale Vermittlerrolle in Frage, sagte Shahinian am Mittwoch auf Anfrage zu einem Bericht des «Tages-Anzeigers».

Wenn die Schweiz schon in einem «so heiklen Gebiet wie im Südkaukasus» eine Vermittlerrolle spielen wolle, dann hätte Aussenministerin Calmy-Rey bei ihrer jetzigen Reise im gleichen Zug auch Armenien besuchen müssen, unterstrich Shahinian.

EDA widerspricht

«Die Schweiz will kein Land im südlichen Kaukasus einseitig bevorzugen», sagte Lars Knuchel, Sprecher des Eidg. Departements für auswärtige Angelegenheiten (EDA), zu dem Thema.

Aus «terminliche Gründen» habe die ursprünglich geplanten Reise der Aussenministerin in alle drei Länder der Region -Aserbaidschan, Georgien und Armenien - nicht stattfinden können. Dies sei aber kein Anlass zur Sorge.

Ziel der Schweiz sei es, die ganze Region zu fördern. Dazu gehöre auch eine friedliche Lösung des Konfliktes um Berg-Karabach. Die Schweiz habe sich hier wiederholt als Vermittlerin eingesetzt und wolle das auch in Zukunft tun.

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Written Questions of Dutch MP on destruction of Armenian Khachkars of Old Jougha


The Federation of Armenian Organisations of the Netherlands (FAON) was informed today that the Dutch MP C. G. van der Staaij of the SGP (Reformed Political Party) faction has submitted Written Questions to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and to the Secretary of State for Education, Culture and Science on the destruction of Armenian cross stones (khachkars) of Old Jougha in Nakhichevan by the Azerbaijani soldiers. The FAON had provided last week an exhaustive documentation on this matter to the members of Dutch Parliament as well as to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science demanding them to condemn the planned annihilation of Armenian cultural heritage by Azerbaijan.



22 February 2006

1. Is the report correct that by the order of the Azerbaijani authorities in December 2005 graves of particular historic and cultural significance were destroyed and desecrated at the Armenian cemetery in Djulfa in Nakhichevan? Could you inform us of the precise state of affairs?

2. Could the government confirm whether the destruction is related to the dormant conflict of Nagorno Karabagh?

3. To what extend has Azerbaijan been sensitive to international criticism to similar destruction in past years?

4. Is the Dutch government prepared to back the EU statement by condemning the events and reminding Azerbaijan over her obligations vis-à-vis her membership of the Council of Europe and participation in the European Neighbourhood policy.
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Destruction de Djoulfa : Question de René Rouquet au gouvernement

http://www.armenews.com/article.php3?id_article=20974

mercredi 22 février 2006, Stéphane


Alfortville, le 17 février 2006

M. René Rouquet demande à M. le Ministre des affaires étrangères quelle position compte prendre le gouvernement français, face à la destruction organisée depuis le 10 décembre 2005 par l’armée azérie du cimetière médiéval arménien de Djoulfa dans le sud de l’Azerbaïdjan (Nakhitchevan), qui vise à éliminer toute trace de la civilisation arménienne plusieurs fois millénaire dans cette région. Ces croix de pierre, appelées Khatchkars, inestimables témoignages du passé chrétien de cette zone du Sud Caucase sont considérées par l’Unesco comme des éléments d’une valeur artistique et historique inestimable appartenant au patrimoine culturel mondial. De nombreuses organisations comme le Comité de Défense de la Cause Arménienne (CDCA), le Conseil de Coordination des Organisations Arméniennes de France (CCAF), ainsi que les représentants de la République d’Arménie, le Conseil International des Monuments et sites, attendent de la France, comme elle l’avait fait, à juste titre, au moment de la destruction inacceptable par les Talibans afghans des statues de Bamiyan, qu’elle réagisse face à cet acte de la même teneur qui agresse la mémoire du peuple arménien et qui illustre, une nouvelle fois, la volonté de l’Etat azerbaïdjanais d’effacer toute trace arménienne d’Azerbaïdjan, après les pogroms de Soumgaït, de Bakou, de Chouchi et de Kirovabad, jusqu’à la guerre contre le Kharabagh. A l’heure où la France prépare activement l’Année de l’Arménie, et fort du rôle important que joue notre pays dans la Convention mondiale Héritage de l’UNESCO, nombreux sont ceux qui attendent du gouvernement qu’il exprime une position officielle auprès des autorités de la République d’Azerbaïdjan, pour que cessent ces outrages faits à la Nation arménienne, à sa culture et à son histoire et pour que soit réhabilité le site de Djoulfa. Alors que cette zone du Sud Caucase se dirigeait vers la paix sous l’action conjointe de la France, de la Russie et des Etats-Unis sous les hospices de l’OSCE, de tels gestes sont de nature à briser les efforts actuels entre les peuples arménien et azéri. Au moment où, le mardi 28 février 2006, en France, les trois partis politiques arméniens, la FRA Dachnaktsoutioun, l’ADL Ramgavar, le PSD Hentchak, organisent, avec le soutien du CCAF une manifestation devant l’ambassade d’Azerbaïdjan, la France s’honorerait de condamner officiellement une telle agression et de s’associer ainsi à la campagne d’information et de mobilisation des opinions publiques que les Arméniens organisent à la même date dans le monde entier pour sensibiliser les instances européennes et internationales à la politique de l’Azerbaïdjan. Aussi, il demande à M. le Ministre des Affaires étrangères, de bien vouloir lui préciser, d’une part, quelle position entend prendre la France, face à la politique de profanation systématique et organisée par les autorités d’Azerbaïdjan des cimetières arméniens du Nakhitchevan et d’autre part, si le gouvernement français envisage d’envoyer une mission d’enquête afin de constater ces actes inadmissibles et demander des réparations à l’Azerbaïdjan, pour ces destructions.
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