Rockets hit the church of Kazanchetsots Surb Amenaprkich in Shushi twice during shelling on October 7, 2020. Photo by Alvard Grigoryan for the Caucasian Knot

27 November 2020, 22:36

UNESCO announces terms for sending mission to Nagorno-Karabakh

In the coming months, UNESCO cultural heritage specialists will be sent to Nagorno-Karabakh to compile a list of the most important cultural sites. The mission will be carried out with the support of the Minsk Group and OSCE, UNESCO reports today.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on November 16, scientists, activists and journalists appealed to Russian President, Vladimir Putin, with a request to protect cultural and historical monuments in Nagorno-Karabakh. The Azerbaijani authorities also called on UNESCO to take the Islamic and Christian cultural monuments in Nagorno-Karabakh under guard.

By the end of 2020 or at the beginning of 2021, UNESCO specialists are to be sent to Nagorno-Karabakh. Earlier, UNESCO missions could not visit Nagorno-Karabakh because of the situation, which did not guarantee the safety of mission participants, as well as because of the lack of consensus between all parties concerned, the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent has been informed today by an officer of the UNESCO press service. "Today, all the parties concerned have agreed on the principle of such a mission with the support of the Minsk Group and the OSCE, which opens a window of opportunity for its implementation," the UNESCO press officer said.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on November 27, 2020 at 03:15 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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