April 1, 2022 - 13:38 AMT
UNESCO freezes registration of Azerbaijan's entry for national instrument

The joint Turkish-Azerbaijani application was dropped from the agenda of the meeting of the UNESCO intergovernmental commission on intangible cultural heritage for 2022, Sputnik Armenia reported an Armenian official as saying on Friday, April 1.

The Armenian duduk was registered with UNESCO in 2008 and is recognized all over the world. Azerbaijan has its own national instrument, the balaban, which they have been unsuccessfully trying to register with UNESCO since 2020.

According to Naira Kilichyan, a senior specialist at the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport, this state of affairs is nothing new as the Azerbaijanis are constantly turning to UNESCO after the Armenians, as was already the case with lavash, which is a thin flatbread, and Kochari, which is an Armenian folk dance.

The State List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Armenia includes 51 objects, 6 of which have been registered with UNESCO: duduk, khachkars, the "Sasna Tsrer" epic, lavash, Kochari and the Armenian calligraphy.