First Vice-President of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva addressed a
letter to Director-General of UNESCO Audrey Azula in order to
terminate her activities as a goodwill ambassador of the United
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
The importance of numerous joint projects with the organization
in the field of developing cooperation between Azerbaijan and
UNESCO, promoting the values and principles of UNESCO during her
tenure as a Goodwill Ambassador since 2004 was emphasized in the
letter. In this regard, the Framework Agreement signed between
Azerbaijan and UNESCO in 2013, the corresponding Azerbaijan/UNESCO
Trust Fund, support for projects implemented in a number of
countries in the fields of cultural heritage protection, girls'
education, gender equality and other measures were mentioned.
In the letter, the information was also provided about the
vandalism and policy carried out by Armenia against the cultural
heritage and historical monuments of Azerbaijan during the nearly
30-year long occupation period. It was emphasized that currently,
after the liberation of the territories of Azerbaijan from
long-term occupation resulting from the Patriotic War, the First
Vice-President is actively involved in the large-scale restoration
and revitalization of the region. It was noted that, taking into
account her special role, it is impossible for her to fulfill the
duties of the Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO.
Against this background, hope for the soonest dispatch of the
UNESCO mission to the liberated territories, to assess the damage
to the cultural heritage of Azerbaijan as a result of the
occupation of Armenia, was expressed.
It was pointed out that Azerbaijan will continue to uphold the
basic principles of UNESCO, and promote the development of
cooperation with the organization.
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