The European Parliament discussed and adopted a resolution on the destruction of cultural heritage in Artsakh by 635 votes in favor, 2 against and 42 abstentions. The European Parliament notes that after the last war, 1,456 monuments, mostly Armenian, came under the control of Azerbaijan. During the war, Azerbaijan caused significant damage to the Armenian historical, cultural and religious heritage, in particular, the church of St. Amenaprkich Kazachentsots in Shushi was subjected to rocket fire. The European Parliament condemns Azerbaijan’s policy of eliminating the Armenian cultural heritage in and around Artsakh and denying its existence, which contradicts international laws. The European Parliament considers this to be the policy of Azerbaijan’s anti-Arminianism.
The speech made by the President of Western Armenia Armenag Aprahamian.
March 11, 2022 Hello Mr. Pupponi,
I accept the strict condemnation by the European Parliament of Azerbaijan’s xenophobic policy towards the Armenians of Artsakh and our many thousands of cultural heritage and express gratitude for this.
However, I would like to point out to you and to the Members of the European Parliament that the territory of Artsakh has always been an integral part of the Republic of Armenia recognized by the Allied Powers including France in 1920 and that therefore the question of seeking a new status for this region is an unjust one in terms of international law.
The occupation and division of the territories of the 1920 Republic of Armenia (Nakhichevan, Artsakh and Javakhk) by the Soviet power has always been disputed by the Armenian authorities until today.
Azerbaijan’s claim to Artsakh has been the subject not only of several wars but also of the massive destruction of Armenian populations.
I would also like to point out that it is not fair to present the Armenian population of Artsakh as a minority, knowing very well and easily demonstrated that this population is a majority and moreover is native on its territory for several thousand years of existence (art. 14 of the resolution) recognized by the United Nations on September 13, 2007, in relation to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, in relation to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Chairman of the National Council of Western Armenia