Jan 5, 2016, 7:48 PM
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Isfahani Armenians denounce BBC claim

Isfahan, Jan 5, IRNA – Head of Isfahani Armenians' Cathedral Council on Tuesday strongly denounced BBC Persian TV's report's claim which alleged that Iran ignores preservation and renovation of religious minorities' sacred sites.

Speaking with IRNA, Verouge Dermar-Dirosian reiterated that footage of Isfahan's Vank Church was screened in a BBC documentary in which it was claimed that by ignoring the preservation and renovation of religious minorities holy sites the Islamic Republic actually intended to diminish the image of their presence in Iran.
'We, as a religious minority, reject such claims as totally baseless and say that such reports broadcast sheer lies in which there is no trace of the prevailing realities,' said the Armenian religious authority in Iran.
He said that such claims coupled with a footage of Isfahan's Vank Church are broadcasted on the BBC under such conditions that a workshop of the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization has been established inside the Vank Church as of a few months ago and the artists are at hard work trying to preserve the Armenian holy site.
Dermar-Dirosian said that meanwhile the 150-year old library of Vank Church was renovated last year relying on a credit allocated by the same organization.
He expressed deep regret that the film taken of Vank Church was screened during the BBC's biased report on the deteriorating conditions of religious minorities' holy sites in Iran, arguing that the two operations were, but a sample of the numerous similar mending and renovation projects conducted in Vank Church.
Vank Church of Isfahan was constructed in 1605 in the city's Jolfa District.
Some 7,000 Armenian Christians live in Isfahan province, most of whom reside in the provincial capital city, Isfahan.