(Combined Sources)–The British House of Lords is scheduled to discuss the recent destruction of Armenian cross stones (khatchkars) in Nakhichevan’s Old Julfa cemetery–as "a question demanding a written answer."
Consideration of the issue was sponsored by Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords–Baroness Cox–who urged the British Government to take the opportunity to express concern to the United Nations Educational–Scientific–and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)–over the destruction of ancient Armenian churches and other artifacts in Azerbaijan.
Last Week–the Armenian Embassy in Tehran reported that dozens of Azeri soldiers–armed with sledge hammers–were destroying the cross stones that are still standing following a similar act in 2002.
After the destruction–the cross stones were loaded onto trucks and dumped into the Arax river.
The historically Armenian region of Nakhichevan was forcibly attached to Soviet Azerbaijan in 1921 and subsequently cleansed of its entire Armenian population.
Iran’s Armenian embassy has already appealed to UNESCO and other international bodies to send a group of experts to the region to investigate the destruction and take appropriate measures. While Armenia has consistently welcomed monitoring groups–Azerbaijan has resisted.
According to the European Convention for The Protection of Architectural Heritage–all member countries inherit the responsibility to preserve cultural and historical monumen’s found on the territory of member states.
According to the same convention–if a country is found guilty of destroying cultural–historical monumen’s–they must be punished accordingly.