Book Presentation on the Endangered Armenian Cultural Assets of Nagorno-Karabakh Proceeds Despite Public Pressure

The German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) is committed to holding “The Protection of Endangered Cultural Assets of Nagorno-Karabakh” on March 6, 2024. This event has become the focus of a campaign that is apparently coordinated and orchestrated by supporters of Azerbaijan. It aims to prevent the event from taking place.


As an advocate of open dialogue and free expression, DGAP resists attempts to suppress exchange on cultural and political topics. As convener, it refuses to be dictated which terms can be used in relation to Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenian cultural assets. The event is a book presentation; the discussed publication is the result of an academic conference. The discussion focuses on raising awareness of the Armenian cultural heritage in the Nagorno-Karabakh region and does not represent political recognition or taking sides that would exclude other groups. The convener does not pursue political goals, as is claimed in letters and numerous communications, including those from the Embassy of Azerbaijan or organizations close to that embassy.

DGAP acknowledges the complex history and suffering of the peoples of the region. Our programs aim to present a balanced view of different perspectives to promote comprehensive understanding.

We reaffirm our commitment to openness and dialogue and emphasize that, through free and open discussions, a deeper understanding and ultimately peaceful coexistence can be promoted. Everyone is invited to participate with questions during the event, as long as respect is maintained. We explicitly object to personal attacks and the practice of excluding different opinions due to diverging views.

To ensure the safety of all participants, the event, which was originally planned to be held in person on March 6, 2024, will now take place exclusively online. We regret this, but we can only ensure the safety of our guests in this way.

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