According to political scientist Fuad Akhundov, the solemn liturgy on the occasion of the 777th anniversary of the consecration of the Church of St. John the Baptist in the Gandzasar monastery is an unsuccessful attempt of Yerevan to take control of the situation when Armenians around the world claim they are not hayes, like the majority of the population of Hayastan (Armenia).
"in fact, it is not a round-number anniversary to celebrate it pompously. But the goal is obvious. The Armenian occupiers are trying to demonstrate the "unity" of Armenians living in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh amidst the statements about the need to distinguish the people of Hayes from other peoples, followers of the Armenian-Gregorian church, which frightened official Yerevan. The number of such statements is increasing. A few Armenians outside of Nagorno-Karabakh, including Arthur Aghajanov and Philip Ekoziants, made statements, and Eduard Vartanov publishes large-scale studies on the urgency to distinguish the Hayes from Turks-Kipchaks, the followers of the Armenian-Gregorian Church. Previously, a number of scientists were shot under Anastas Mikoyan for conducting such studies. The people living in Karabakh, the North Caucasus and along the Don River were forced to speak the correct Armenian language. But now it is possible to shoot people only in Nagorno-Karabakh. The existing situation in Russia, let alone other countries, is different from the situation during Stalin’s and Mikoyan’s times. Therefore, they have to invent occasions for events demonstrating a demonstrative "unity". After all, it is not the Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan that says that not all Armenians are hayes, but the Armenians themselves start searching for their roots and understand the falsity of the postulates of Armenian historiography. In addition, bloody clashes between the Armenian servicemen enrolled in army from the mainland Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, which after the recent victories of the Azerbaijani army became even more frequent, seriously frightened Yerevan and forced to show a demonstrative "unity." Although it is known that the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh have always been treated as converters in Armenia, since in the majority they are not Hayes people but Turks-Kipchaks, professing the Armenian-Gregorian faith. And the population of Nagorno-Karabakh is compelled to tolerate this arrogant attitude. Moreover, it is the predatory, fascist ideology of the Armenian leadership that compels the residents of Nagorno-Karabakh to starve to death, without hope for tomorrow," said F. Akhundov.
Akhundov added that the idea of "unity" is being promoted not in Armenia but in the occupied Azerbaijani territories, in particular in Kalbajar region, which is not even a part of Nagorno-Karabakh. The UN Security Council resolution demands unconditional release of this region from Armenian occupiers.
"By such measures, Armenians try to break the official world historical science and international law recognized at the highest level. Not only is the Gandzasar complex located in the occupied lands, but historically it has never belonged to the Armenian church and the Hayes people. Gandzasar is a monument of the Albanian church. In 1919, academician Joseph Orbeli issued a book Inscriptions of Gandzasar and Avotsptuk, which presented all the errors and falsifications of graffiti on the walls of the Gandzasar complex. We have identified that numerous old plates with inscriptions in Gandzasar had been replaced by Armenian falsifiers," said F. Akhundov.
According to Akhundov, a complete title of Albanian Catholicos was revealed in the main inscription inside the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Gandzasar. "His official title was hayrapetuthetn nersisi aluanits katolikosi (patriarch Nerses, Catholicos of Albania). The title mentions Albania; what does Armenia have to do with it? The participants of the recent liturgy stood just before this inscription, but for some reason they did not see at all that there was no word "Armenian" in the inscription, but "Albanian". In general, there is not a single mention of Armenia and the Armenian Church on any inscription in the Gandzasar monastery, which is also confirmed by the study of Orbeli. But for Armenian falsifiers, it is not worth replacing plates on the walls, and also gathering on such dubious occasions, changing all the historical and modern realities," said Akhundov.
"The Armenians claim not only for the Albanian churches in Azerbaijan, but also for the Georgian. Let us recall a list of 462 churches on the territory of Georgia, which Echmiadzin presents as Armenian and claims them to the Georgian government. Apparently, in the Georgian churches, Armenians also dream of holding "unity" events as in the Gandzasar complex," noted F. Akhundov.