Azerbaijan declares Yerevan, Sevan and Syunik “Azerbaijani heritage”

According to the publication on Facebook made by Varuzhan Geghamyan, turkologist, the Azerbaijani “Lankaran-Tea” company released a special tea edition in honor of the 100th anniversary of signing the Kars Treaty, depicting Sevan and Syunik (they called Goycha and Zangezur Magals), the sovereign territories of the Republic of Armenia, as well as its capital, Yerevan, on the packages. The cause for concern was the publication of these pictures on the official page of the Turkish Ambassador to Azerbaijan C. Bagcı on Twitter.

The publication was followed by active media reaction, in response to which the Azerbaijani press stated that the tea collection dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Kars Treaty bears images of all the historical cities and regions of Azerbaijan, which “because of historical injustice and the anti-Azerbaijani policy of the main colonizers of the South Caucasus, ended up in the "fake" Armenia".

The source also reports that although the rich heritage of their historical cities was destroyed by the Armenians, nevertheless, the photographs of those are kept in their state archives, and the Azerbaijani historical cities and regions, examples of Azerbaijani architecture, art, carpets, ancient inscriptions carved on stones, mosques and caravanserais, fortresses, observatories, ancient watchtowers and palaces are depicted on various packages of national goods in the collections of numerous Azerbaijani companies.

The political and cultural expansion that Azerbaijan launched against Armenia, Armenians and the Armenian cultural heritage is acquiring new forms of absurdity every day.

Yerevan, Sevan, Syunik are not only located within the internationally recognized borders of the Republic of Armenia, but are also the most important Armenian historical and cultural centers. Declaring them Azerbaijani is a clear demonstration of aggression against the political subjects of the Republic of Armenia. It also flagrantly violates the basic principles of historicism, authenticity and integrity which follow from the Nara Document of Authenticity adopted in Japan in 1994, the document of 2017 adopted by ICOMOS in New Delhi, as well as documents of UNESCO and other international structures.