May 1, 2024 - 15:41 AMT
Armenia offers to temporarily host, preserve Gaza manuscripts

Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan has said Yerevan is ready to host and preserve manuscripts from the conflict zone in Gaza and return the heritage once the situation is stable again.

**“**We are strongly against targeting civilians, we have faced a similar situation in Nagorno-Karabakh when more than 100.000 Armenians had to flee their ancestral homeland to save the lives of their family members, so we stand strongly against targeting the civilian population,” Mirzoyan said in an interview with Al Jazeera when asked whether Yerevan is following the war.

“Just recently we sent some humanitarian assistance to help ease the situation and the suffering of the people who found themselves in the similar situation. But in general, we have always supported a peaceful resolution of the conflict, but also the two-state solution for the long-standing conflict and the Palestinian issue.

Mirzoyan added that Yerevan is also ready to preserve the cultural and spiritual heritage, particularly when it comes to the written heritage.

“We have a famous and world-known depositary for the manuscripts so we can temporarily host the manuscripts, if there is a need, from the conflict zone, preserve them and then return when everything is settled,” the top Armenian diplomat said.