December 4th

Spokesperson of Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova stated at a briefing last Thursday that Russia hopes that UNESCO experts will soon arrive in Nagorno-Karabakh region to assess the preservation of Christian and Muslim holy places.

"We hope that the mission that was prepared in cooperation with the Armenian and Azerbaijani sides in conjunction with several international NGOs , partners of UNESCO in the field of protection and protection of monuments, will soon be able to arrive in the region and give an adequate assessment of the situation," said Zakharova.

The spokesperson also stressed that Moscow supports the intention of UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay to send the experts to Nagorno-Karabakh which was confirmed during a telephone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on November 20th . According to Zakharova, UNESCO experts will be able to give "answers to all the questions on anything that concerns the safety and condition of Christian and Muslim sacred places in the region."

During the conversation Lavrov and Azoulay paid special attention to the possibilities of using the potential of UNESCO to assist in resolving the humanitarian crisis in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, in particular in the field of protection of cultural and religious sites affected by hostilities and acts of vandalism, as well as educational system restoration in the region.

Source:TASS

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