Armenian Church Declares Desecration of Cathedral in Shushi
In the Armenian Apostolic Church, the incident was called “open vandalism and manifestation of intolerance.”
The Armenian Apostolic Church (AAC) reported on the desecration of the Cathedral of Holy Christ the All-Savior in the Karabakh city of Shushi that came under the control of Azerbaijan. The corresponding statement was published on Saturday, November 14, on the church website.
“The Azerbaijanis, who entered the city of Shushi in the Nagon Karabakh, desecrated the temple of the Holy Christ the All-Savior Kazanchetsots, leaving their mark on the outer and inner walls of the church,” the Armenian Apostolic Church said.
According to the Armenian side, the incident took place on the night of November 9-10, after the armistice agreement was signed.
The photograph published by the AAC shows that inscriptions appeared on the walls of the temple.
Church representatives condemned the incident and called for no further acts of vandalism.
After the incident, the temple was taken under the protection of Russian peacekeepers, Vahram Melikyan, head of the press office of the Armenian Apostolic Church, said on Facebook. According to him, now the church is not in danger; now there are several clergymen working there. Dadivank was built in the 9th-13th centuries.
Let us remind you that on the night of November 10, the leaders of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia signed an agreement on the cessation of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh. In accordance with the document, Baku and Yerevan stop at their occupied positions, and a part of the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, including the strategically important city of Shushi, is transferred to Azerbaijan. Also, Armenia should transfer several regions to Azerbaijan. In addition, the agreement provides for the introduction of Russian peacekeepers into the region.