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08/20/13

Iran regrets Azerbaijan's destruction of Persian poet inscriptions

Source: Press TV


The mausoleum of Persian poet Nezami Ganjavi in the city of Ganja, Azerbaijan

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Araqchi has expressed his profound regret over Azerbaijan's alleged move to destroy all tiles bearing Persian inscription in Nezami Ganjavi's mausoleum located in the Azeri city of Ganja.

"If it is true it will be very regretful," Araqchi said on Monday.

He, however, held out the possibility of restoration work in the mausoleum.

"Such a move will undoubtedly fail to make any change in Nezami Ganjavi's historic and cultural identity," the Iranian spokesperson stated.

He noted that the Persian poet is a symbol of values shared by people living in the region regardless of their origins.

Nezami Ganjavi is a heritage Iranian and Azeri people share, Araqchi said, adding that the great poet belongs not only to the people of Iran and Azerbaijan but to the entire world.

The Azeri government has reportedly destroyed all tiles with Persian inscription in Nezami Ganjavi's mausoleum in Ganja, the second largest city in Azerbaijan, in an attempt to falsify the Persian poet's identity.

Nezami's Persian poems had been inscribed on the tiles inside the mausoleum. The inscribed tiles were removed under the pretext of restoration work in the mausoleum.

The Azeri government has been waging an extensive campaign to falsify the identity of the renowned 12th century Persian poet (1141 to 1209), whose formal name was Jamal ad-Din Abu Muhammad Ilyas ibn-Yusuf ibn-Zakki.

In 2012, Heydar Aliyev Foundation, which is run by Azerbaijan's first lady Mehriban Aliyeva, paid Rome City Municipality 110,000 euros to install a monument of Nezami in Villa Borghese Park in the Italian capital.

This is while Nezami has not written any poems in Azeri, and the Republic of Azerbaijan gained independence from Russia only 22 years ago.

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