Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov 2 /Trend/
The preservation of the region's heritage is essential for a peaceful future. Too many monuments have already been damaged or destroyed throughout the region as a result of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Ambassador Richard Morningstar said in a statement on the protection of cultural heritage. U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan told Trend.
The ambassador noted that the history of the region is a difficult one. The Nagorno Karabakh conflict resulted in thousands of deaths and severely altered the physical landscape of the region, including sites of historical, religious and cultural significance.
"I am nevertheless heartened by stories of efforts to protect each country's heritage. Today in Baku, for example, I visited the Armenian Cathedral of St. Gregory the Illuminator, where I learned about the church's history and the preservation of books and manuscripts in the Armenian language," he noted
Morningstar said the United States supports efforts in Azerbaijan and Armenia to protect the historical archives of each other's communities in their countries. For example, next week Armenian and Azerbaijani archivists will be in the United States on a joint program to learn more about preservation of cultural artifacts.
"These types of efforts deserve recognition and we will do our best to support any such efforts in the future," he noted.
He noted that since his arrival in Baku as Ambassador, he has made an effort to become more familiar with this wonderful country, its people and history.
"Most recently, I traveled to Nakhchivan, and I have also made visits to Lenkoran, Sheki, Oguz, Quba and Lahij. It has been an opportunity to see this country's diverse cultural heritage up close, an experience that I think is important for anyone coming to live and work in Azerbaijan," the ambassador said.
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