“The British government is unaware of any excavations made by British and Spanish archeologists in Azikh cave belonging to Paleolith period and situated in Azerbaijan’s occupied territory”, Mrs. Margaret Hoc, G.B minister of culture, creative industries and tourism stated in her letter sent to the AR Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The letter affirms that Azerbaijani territories are occupied by Armenia; the British government officially emphasized that they are unaware of the excavations made by British and Spanish archeologists in the occupied Azerbaijani territories. It is also stated in the letter of British minister that their advices to British citizens touching upon their visits to Azerbaijan include the occupied territories as well. “British citizens should take these things into account before planning their visits to Azerbaijan”.
To note, the information about excavations made in March 2008 by British and Spanish archeologists in Azikh cave, belonging to Paleolith period and situated in Azerbaijan’s occupied territory, was spread in the Internet. The AR Ministry of Culture and Tourism sent letters to the G.B. Ministry of Culture, Creative Industries and Tourism and Ministry of Culture of Spain connected with the issue on March 17, current year. It was stressed in the appeal that Armenians destroy, deliberately spoil and plunder historical and cultural monuments in Azerbaijan’s occupied territories, and also concern was expressed that Armenians involve British and Spanish archeologists in their vandal actions. It was also stated in the protest letter that the excavations are contrary to the Hague Convention of 1954 “About protection of cultural values during armed conflicts”, European Convention of 1992 “About protection of archeological heritage”, and UNESCO Convention of 1972 “About protection of world-wide cultural and natural heritage”. Along with this, it was demanded to stop excavations in Azerbaijani territories and observe the theses of international conventions.