UK admits it has “not made an assessment of allegations relating to Armenian historical structures in Nakhichevan or the implications of this on the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh” but did raise the importance of ensuring protection of cultural heritage during a meeting between the UK Ambassador to Azerbaijan and representatives of the Presidential Administration.

Nov 24, 2020 | Uncategorized

Armenian Culture At Risk

UK admits it has “not made an assessment of allegations relating to Armenian historical structures in Nakhichevan or the implications of this on the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh” but did raise the importance of ensuring protection of cultural heritage during a meeting between the UK Ambassador to Azerbaijan and representatives of the Presidential Administration.

Baroness Sugg, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (HL10414):

Question:
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of Azerbaijan has taken steps to erase its Armenian cultural heritage by destroying churches, cross-stones, and tombstones in Nakhichevan; what assessment they have made of implications of that erasure on the current situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region; and what representations they intend to make to the government of Azerbaijan about the reported destruction of such cultural and religious sites. (HL10414)

Tabled on: 17 November 2020

Answer:
Baroness Sugg:

The protection of cultural heritage affected by conflict and the prevention of acts of destruction is a priority for this Government. While we have not made an assessment of allegations relating to Armenian historical structures in Nakhichevan or the implications of this on the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, we raised the importance of ensuring protection of cultural heritage in a meeting on 17 November between the British Ambassador to Azerbaijan and representatives of the Presidential Administration. We will continue to raise the importance of protecting cultural heritage with the Governments of Armenia and Azerbaijan in the coming months.

Date and time of answer: 24 Nov 2020 at 17:25.

Lord David Alton

For 18 years David Alton was a Member of the House of Commons and today he is an Independent Crossbench Life Peer in the UK House of Lords.

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