“Armenia, violating international law, including the legislation of Azerbaijan, carried out illegal archaeological excavations in the occupied territories.” This was reported by the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan.
“The excavations carried out since 2002 with the participation of foreign experts in the Azikh cave complex located in the Khojavend region of Azerbaijan and registered as an archaeological monument of world importance, are illegal. The material and cultural samples found during the excavation were transported to Armenia and appropriated.
Illegal acts against cultural property and cultural heritage during armed conflicts are considered a war crime under international criminal law. Armenia, as a state, bears direct international legal responsibility for acts of vandalism against material and cultural monuments in the territories that were once occupied by it.
This issue is under the strict control of the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan, and international organizations will be regularly informed about the illegal actions of the Armenian side.
Source: Baku Travel Guide