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Graves planned to be carried away from Narimanov district cemetery

16 January 2008 [13:59] - TODAY.AZ
Regular works on carrying graves away from the cemetery of the Narimanov district of Azerbaijani capital will start on January 25.

"These works were to be initiated earlier, yet bad weather and ice make grave digging difficult", director of the cemetery in the Narimanov district Kamran Mamedov said.

He explained that the transfer of graves to Govsany from the other part of the cemetery is caused by the plans of the city administration to lay a new street of Teymur Aliyev on this territory.

The problem of this cemetery went beyond not only Baku, but also Azerbaijan, as people of different nationalities, whose relatives reside all over the world, are buried there. Many former Bakuvians, whose relatives were buried at this cemetery, have settled in Armenia. Therefore, the so called disrespect to the deceased in Baku is discussed in the Council of Europe owing to the Foreign Ministry of Armenia.

It is possible to understand workers, who carry out a heavy work of digging out tens of corpses a day. If there are no relatives of the deceased near the grave, the lower-paid salaried workers work without due respect to the corpses.

But this does not relieve the pain of the relatives. The issue of the attitude to graves on the Narimanov cemetery was officially raised by the Coordination Council of Russian-language public organizations in Azerbaijan, Russian and Ukrainian communities of Azerbaijan and organization "Commonwealth". Before raising the issue on the European level, these organizations sent an appeal to President Ilham Aliyev with a request to carry out this process in conformity with the norms of religion and morals.

According to Baku reporter Semen Kastrulin, who was directly connected with the issue, previously the government allocated one free coffin for each corpse, while now due to the absence of funds of the Executive powers of the Narimanov district, the ready graves are not purchased from the producer.

The relatives of the deceased can purchase coffins from the producing firm at M.Gashgay street, corner of M.Akhundov street.

High quality coffins cost AZN 80 each. Kastryulin states that the transfer of graves from the second part of the Narimanov district cemetery started on December 15 of 2007.

K.Mamedov opposed Kastryulin's  words about the lack of funds in the Administration of the Narimanov district for purchasing coffins. He said the government undertook all expenses for the transfer of graves. He also noted that the works are carried with due respect to the national traditions of a family of the deceased.  


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