Charges d'affaires of the Republic of Azerbaijan to UNESCO Ayaz Gojayev met with UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Priority Africa and External Relations Firmin Edouard Matoko.
The meeting focused on the gross violation of the ceasefire by the Armenian armed forces on the morning of September 27, the shelling of Azerbaijani civilians and settlements and the attack on our military positions. As a result of the attack by the Armenian armed forces, civilians and servicemen were killed.
It was noted that in order to protect civilians, as well as to protect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of our country, the Azerbaijani Army launched a counter-offensive operation against the Armenian military.
At the same time, the recent resettlement of Armenian families from Syria and Lebanon in our occupied territories, the relocation of the so-called regime's parliament to Shusha, the pearl of the culture of Azerbaijan, as well as statements by the Armenian Prime Minister and Defense Minister undermined the negotiation process.
"UNESCO's main goal is to protect cultural heritage. Armenia is trying to erase the traces of Azerbaijanis in the region by destroying our cultural heritage in the occupied territories. The carpet factory in the Tartar region was deliberately fired upon by Armenian armed forces, and as a result, the factory was severely damaged. Since the Traditional art of Azerbaijani carpet weaving is inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO , it means, this is the direct destruction of world heritage. These facts should also concern UNESCO, "Gojayev said.
He stressed the importance of international organizations, including UNESCO, a close partner, to demonstrate a fair position on the fact of Armenia's military aggression against Azerbaijan.
It was noted that Azerbaijan expects a strong position from international organizations condemning the military attacks of Armenia against our civilian population, which enjoys impunity.
UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Priority Africa and External Relations Firmin Edouard Matoko said he would bring the information to the attention of the Director-General.