Armenia Sent Protest Note to UNESCO and Its Member States


Armenia has sent an official note to UNESCO and its member states drawing attention to the behavior of Azerbaijan, said the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Anna Naghdalyan during the press brieding. She informed that Armenia had been invited to attend the 43rdsession of UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Baku held from June 30 to July 10 as an observer. According to Ms. Naghdalyan, the Armenian side had requested UNESCO to receive additional security measures from the host country for the attendance of the Armenian delegation.

However, two days before the event, on June 28, the Armenian delegation received a letter from the UNESCO Deputy Secretary General on the refusal of Azerbaijan to provide additional security guarantees in writing, Anna Naghdalyan informed. Azerbaijan set obstacles to the attendance of the Armenian delegation to this event, creating a vicious precedent when one member state of the Convention concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage may hinder the exercise of the rights of another member state to attend the session, the spokesperson for the MFA states. In this connection, Armenia has sent a note to UNESCO and its member states, drawing attention to this bad practice, as well as calling for expressing a critical position on this, she noted.

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