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UNESCO inspires Armenia to kill Azerbaijani journalists again (Our reaction)

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BY AYDIN KARIMOV, AZERI DAILY AUTHOR

Director General of UNESCO, a fragile Frenchwoman with a Nordic Jewish character, Audrey Azoulay raised the most painful issue for today's real Azerbaijan: the death of innocent Azerbaijani journalists in Kalbajar. After the alarming insistent statements by UNESCO about the fate of the Armenian monuments in Karabakh, the Azerbaijani public could have an erroneous prejudicial assumption that this specialised UN agency limited the scope of its mission and responsibilities to the protection of exclusively Gregorian cultural monuments.

After all, UNESCO reacted somehow apathetically to the destruction of the monuments of Islamic, Azerbaijani and Turkic culture in the same mountainous part of Karabakh. The sluggish and indifferent reaction of UNESCO to the persistent appeals of the Azerbaijani side, even while the shy Azoulay was in the leadership of the organisation, pointed to the toothlessness and spinelessness of this organisation. But with every success of Azerbaijan and its army on the battlefields in Karabakh, over and over again UNESCO gained confidence, tenacity and adherence to principles. Azoulay was not so shy and timid. As she used to be during the occupation of Karabakh by the Armenian troops. Noticeable metamorphoses began to take place with this invisible sweet Frenchwoman, who suddenly revealed her own weakness when the word 'Armenia' was sounded.

What have you done, Azoulay?!

Azoulay began to talk with the Azerbaijani government in the language of blackmail and ultimatums, demanding immediately after the end of hostilities to provide a mandate for a UNESCO special mission in Karabakh to inspect the safety of Armenian monuments. The director general did not remember at all about Islamic and Azerbaijani monuments. The philosophy of martyrdom in her view is closely intertwined with the ordeals and relics of Christianity alone. But Islam is something militaristic-mobilisation, barracks-administrative, which is outside the process of the formation of world culture and art. And the screen of intercivilisational dialogues is an archaic declarative being of the times of faded liberalism.

But gradually, under the pressure of Azerbaijani truth, Azoulay began to understand the true mission of UNESCO, which implies, judging by the declared principles, strengthening peace and security through cultural interaction. Apparently, Azoulay, like the legendary Minister of Culture of Azerbaijan Abulfaz Garayev, believed that culture is limited to a clerical list of monuments and libraries that are easy to trade for public services. Although who, if not the French socialist Azoulay, would be given to understand that culture is the basis of modern society. And of the ancient one too for that matter.

And UNESCO should be concerned not only with the state of Armenian cultural monuments, but also with all forms of human cognition and self-expression, all aspects of human activity in the name of the principles declared by the organisation itself: peace and security. UNESCO, even proceeding from the formal rules of decency, could not remain indifferent to the tragic deaths of Azerbaijani journalists killed in Kalbajar, if only because this organisation took on the mission of protecting journalists who expose themselves to threats in the name of peace and security. That is why, in 1997, UNESCO established the Freedom of Expression Award in honour of the Colombian journalist Guillermo Cana, who was killed by drug cartels.

The day before, in her press statement, Azoulay said that she was deeply shocked by the tragic deaths of Siraj Abishev and Maharram Ibrahimov as a result of a mine explosion in Kalbajar. The director general strongly condemned the incident, stating that 'journalists should be able to carry out their professional activities without risking their personal safety.'

Why does UNESCO inspire Armenia to kill Azerbaijani journalists again?

However, Azoulay did not ask the question about the true culprits and the true reasons that led to the tragic fate of the journalists. Why did the journalists die in the recently liberated Kalbajar? Who, hastily retreating and leaving the district in accordance with the Act of Surrender, hastily and chaotically laid mines on all roads and paths? And in general, why the Azerbaijani district of Kalbajar, recognised by the UN as an integral part of the Azerbaijani state, had to be under the illegal control of the army of another state for 30 years? Azoulay spoke part of the truth. Expressed sympathy. She described her perceived mental pain. But who, who was the cause of the troubles of Azerbaijani journalists, and of suffering, albeit imaginary, pompous mental anguish of Azoulay? Is it really so scary to voice this cherished word for the French: Armenia?

After all, the highest justice, this absolute ethical category, this virtue, like conscience, demanded that Azoulay name the country and the criminal government that placed mines in the way of Azerbaijani journalists, right? After all, Azoulay loudly and categorically declares that Azerbaijani journalists should be able to carry out their professional activities without risking their safety. But this is something Azerbaijani journalists cannot afford. All roads, according to the Armenian field commanders, leading to Lachin, Kalbajar, Aghdam, are strewn with bombs and mines. The danger of an explosion lurks at every step, around every corner, at the entrance to every village. What did it cost Azoulay to call on Armenia to demine the region in the name of the true goals of UNESCO: peace and security?! But no, the lady avoids sharp corners, regretting only the consequences. Shedding crocodile tears over the bodies of journalists. In doing so, inspiring their killers. Inspiring new political and war crimes. It would be the same if UNESCO condemned the death of Guillermo Cano, hiding the names of the murderers of the brave journalist: Saldarriaga with Zamora. Almost like about Somoza: a son of a bitch, but ours. The feigned cry of the sanctimonious West.

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