Azerbaijan fully supports inspection of both Christian and Islamic monuments - FM Bayramov says
“After the 44-day war, when Azerbaijan appealed to UNESCO as a responsible participant in international relations, it expressed readiness to cooperate with the organization in this direction from the first day” says Jeyhun Bayramov
"UNESCO's report in 2005 stated that Azerbaijan had applied to send a mission to the occupied territories and that it was impossible to conduct this mission," he said. In 2005, UNESCO explained this fact with the occupation of those territories and Armenia's refusal to allow the mission to these territories," Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan said to reporters, Qazet.az reports.
The Minister said that Azerbaijan had applied to UNESCO before 2005: “After the 44-day war, when Azerbaijan appealed to UNESCO as a responsible participant in international relations, it expressed readiness to cooperate with the organization in this direction from the first day. We have made great organizational preparations. And there were also identified routes, which in general provide extensive information on the directions. UNESCO's answer was that the number of places to be considered is too high. Azerbaijani state does not make any difference to monuments here. We fully support the inspection of both Christian religious monuments and Islamic monuments. All these organizational issues have been agreed upon by UNESCO. From June of the last year, Azerbaijan invited that mission and waited. The Azerbaijani side has no role for not happening of the mission now. Currently, it is the Armenian side that is preventing the mission from taking place. I would like to especially note it.”