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Scandal broke out during UNESCO photo exhibition dedicated to art of Armenian khachkars (cross stones).

In the presence of Armenian Culture Deputy Minister and Armenian Ambassador to France Vigen Chitechyan, the guests were shocked to see that the quotations indicating the place of origin of each khachkhar had been removed without any justification.

Only the date is indicated under pictures, journalist Jean Eckian informed Armenian News-NEWS.am.

Charles Aznavour, Ambassador of Armenia to UNESCO was not present.

The Armenian organizations of France and Switzerland vigorously protest against cultural denial.

Last November Azerbaijan protested against inclusion of Armenian khachkars in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Azerbaijani side claimed khachkars “are not only Armenian”. UNESCO leadership has close ties with Azerbaijan’s First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva.

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