Own the Book on Djulfa’s Destruction

February 29, 2008 at 4:42 am (Djulfa destruction, Djulfa history)

The documentation of Djulfa’s destruction submitted to UNESCO in 2006 can now be purchased from the publishers of the report – the Switzerland-Armenia Parliamentary Group.

The book includes information and many color photographs about the history and the destruction of Djulfa. It can be purchased from asa@armenian.ch in the ammount of 26 Euro + shipping (8-10 euros).

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Canadian Response to Azerbaijan’s Angry Letter

February 6, 2008 at 5:58 am (Denial)

In an interview with a Sacred Heart University professor, The Armenian Reporter’s February 2, 2008 (on Reporter’s Washington editor Emil Sanamyan’s blog) issue has published COPRIM’s, a Canadian company, response to Azerbaijan’s angry reaction to COPRIM’s sponsorship of a November 2007 Harvard panel on the destruction of the Armenian cultural heritage in the region of Nakhichevan, a remote region of the South Caucasus republic of Azerbaijan:     

The undated letter signed by the Azerbaijani chargé d’affairesin Canada, Farid Shafiyev, told COPRIM “to withdraw support to this exhibition” alleging that it was an initiative of the “Armenian communities abroad [that] exhibit [a] radical and chauvinistic stance” and seek to create “the so-called Greater Armenia.” The communication also included pages of the Azerbaijani government’s anti-Armenian propaganda.


In response, a COPRIM attorney sent a letter to the Azerbaijani Embassy in Canada on November 18, stating that “the sponsorship and mounting of the Exhibition constitutes a legal act both in Canada and in the United States of America” and “constitutes an expression of one of the fundamental freedoms this country offers its citizens.”


The CORPIM attorney further noted that the Azerbaijani diplomatic mission’s “presence and activity in

Canada is limited to diplomatic representation between the Government of Canada and your Government, and between your Government and its citizens or nationals. You have no right, privilege or businessi. Writing directly to a Canadiancitizen who has not solicited anyassistance or information fromyou;ii. Advising a Canadian citizenon the exercise of his political andlegal rights;iii. Attempting to influence bypersuasion or threat, a Canadiancitizen engaged in lawful activity;iv. Interfering with a Canadiancitizen’s exercise of rights inCanada or in the United States ofAmerica;v. Invading the privacy of a Canadiancitizen by investigating theownership of COPRIM Inc., a Canadiancorporation.”The attorney further notified the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the U.S. Department of State, and Harvard Universityof the Azerbaijani demarche and demanded “an immediate written retraction of your letter with an unconditional apology for having sent it, the whole within five (5) days.

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The Photo of the Destruction’s Direct Supervisor

February 4, 2008 at 12:45 am (Djulfa destruction)

After closely watching the original tape of the December, 2005, destruction of the world’s largest medieval Armenian cemetery by Azerbaijan’s army, I was able to identify one – if not the only – participant of the destruction who wasn’t uniformed.

Taped on December 15, 2005, by members of the Armenian Church in Tabriz from Iran’s territory, the video showed a middle-age man – unlike the young soldiers – dressed in a black suite and directly supervising the dumping of the Djulfa cross-stones to the River Araxes.

The same man was also taped on December 16, 2005, at the same location at this time avoiding directly looking toward the Iranian border. Several soldiers were spotted using binoculars to look toward the Iranian border – they had apparently noticed the film crew that was taping them from across the border.

Although the snapshops of who appears to be a supervisor of the Djulfa destruction are not too clear to see the person’s face, certain traces of his apperance are clear enough to identify the criminal – that is if there were investigation to do so.

One candidate for the supervisor might be the chief police of the Djulfa district who, along with his family, died in a fire a month after Djulfa’s destruction:

In the night for 8 January the head of the Djulfa district police department Asif Guliyev and his family members died at the result of the fire which had broken out in his apartment in Nakhchevan [city], the press service of the Interior Ministry told Trend.

The cause of the fire was malfunction in the “Aygaz” type heater in the apartment of the people died. After the fire had been distinguished the corpses of Guliyev, his wife and two daughters, as well as the Baku resident Faig Imanguliyev have been found.     

Whatever the case, there is now evidence of certain individuals involved in supervising the destruction of Djulfa.

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