“By joining UNESCO, Armenia has expressed the contribution of its culture to the heritage of humanity. However, we must also evaluate this membership with the participation of the country in the activities of the organization. Over the years, Armenia has been fully involved in the implementation of UNESCO’s mandate and the dissemination of the universal values of which it is the guarantor. We are following with concern the dangers threatening the cultural heritage in the conflict regions, the cases of the destruction of thousands of khachkars in the Armenian Cemetery of Nakhichevan in 1998-2005. Even today, despite the efforts of the Director-General, UNESCO is powerless and is witnessing the destruction and other cases of vandalism against Armenian cultural values located in the territories of Artsakh occupied by Azerbaijan. Yes, we need to do everything to save the endangered heritage,” Ambassador Christian Ter-Stepanyan, Permanent Representative of Armenia to UNESCO, said in his speech․