Gugarats Diocese has expressed its concerns with the geological prospecting of Shekaghbyur gold-polymetallic mine in the administrative area of Ardvi community, Lori Region.
In this regard, the office of Gugarats Diocese has disseminated Gugarats Diocese Leader Archbishop Sepuh Chuljyan's call, 'For centuries Ardvi has been a holy place and place of pilgrimage for our people, as St. Hovnan Odznetsi is buried here, a place visited by any pious Armenian.
Today, due to a criminal permit, it's attempted to implement this gold mining project. We are not against the implementation of projects aimed at the development of our country and benefit of our nation, but not at the expense of our holy things and the destruction of religious and cultural values. Ardvi has always been and is the source of the religious power of our people.'
16:00 August 15, 2017