Needs to unite efforts to combat destruction of the Turkic monuments: head of TURKSOY

Needs to unite efforts to combat destruction of the Turkic monuments: head of TURKSOY

Azerbaijan, Baku, October 16 / Trend , M.Aliyev /

We must unite our efforts to combat the destruction of the Turkic monuments, Director General of TURKSOY Dyusen Kaseinov told Trend on Oct. 16.

According to him, the barbarian attitude towards the monuments of Turkic culture has occurred throughout the world history. "Unfortunately, it must be noted that many politicians can not resist this process. And only we, together, can save and restore them," said Kaseinov.

Head of TURKSOY noted that a fund has already been established, resources of which will be directed towards maintaining and restoring monuments.

In the occupied lands of Azerbaijan there are a total of 689 monuments, of which 13 (six of seven architectural and archaeological) assume world importance, 242 (117 architectural and 7 archaeological) - state and 434 (373 architectural and 23 archaeological monuments, 21 - gardens, parks monumental monuments, 17 works of applied art) - local.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.

TURKSOY is an international organization and was set up in 1993 in Ankara, by Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkey and Turkmenistan. The organization's main goal is to keep, develop and transfer to the future generation common material and cultural monuments of Turkic nations between the Turkic speaking nations. The organization also cooperates with a range of authorized international organizations, including UNESCO. The Permanent Council of Ministers of Culture is TURKSOY's supreme body.

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