Prestigious European organization calls for end to occupation of Karabakh

 Prestigious European organization calls for end to occupation of Karabakh
# 21 January 2015 14:50 (UTC +04:00)

Baku – APA. The International and Multicultural Volunteer Center (SAIFF), which comprises 25 Norwegian NGOs operating in the areas of education, culture, music, politics and religion, has adopted a statement entitled “Freedom to Karabakh”,

SAIFF chairperson Anna Opland Stenersen has issued a statement in this regard.

The statement says that after looking into historical facts and the UN Security Council’s resolutions, SAIFF’s Board of Directors came to the following conclusion:

“In Karabakh, which is one of the ancient historical regions of Azerbaijan, there were more than 600 historical monuments and 1050 ancient buildings prior to the invasion. In Shusha alone, which is known as the conservatory of the Caucasus, 36 educational schools, 435 cultural and religious centers, and 10 museums and towers were purposefully demolished.

In 1988, prior to the fall of the Soviet Union, Armenia, backed by Moscow, started to raise territorial claims and eventually launched military campaigns with strong support from Russia. By the ceasefire agreement in 1994, Armenia had already occupied Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding districts, namely Lachin, Kalbajar, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Gubadli and Zangilan.

Then, it was noted that 22 years have passed since the occupation of Karabakh by the Armenian armed forces. Despite 4 resolutions of the UN Security Council on the withdrawal of Armenian troops from the territory of Azerbaijan, justice hasn’t been achieved so far.

“The invaders have deliberately destroyed historical and cultural heritage in the territories they occupied, carried out ethnic cleansing, which is contrary to the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and 1972 Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage.

SAIFF Board of Directors signed a statement entitled “Freedom to Karabakh” as an act of solidarity and international support for the culture, music, traditions and people of Azerbaijan and joined other members of the international community for better future of the region,” the document said.

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