Destruction of Armenian church in Syria is cultural genocide, says Deputy Speaker

Deputy Speaker of the Armenian Parliament Edward Sharmazanov condemned the terrorist act against the Holy Martyrs Armenian Church in Deir ez-Zor, calling it cultural genocide as he met with Czech Republic Senate Vice-President Miluse Horska in Prague on Monday.

Armenia’s Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian issued a statement earlier that day condemning the destruction of the church, which housed the remains of victims of the Armenian Genocide. He called it a “horrible barbarity”, urging the international community to cut the Islamic State’s sources of supply, support, and financing, and eradicate the “plague threatening the civilized world.”

During the meeting with the Czech official Sharmazanov reportedly stressed that what happened to the Armenian church in Syria was the destruction of not only Armenian spiritual values, but also of common Christian values and it was the continuation of the destruction of Armenian monuments in Nakhichevan and in Turkey.

The senior Armenian lawmaker said that the international community’s condemnation of the destruction of Armenian cultural heritage could have prevented the explosion of the Holy Martyrs Church in Deir ez-Zor.