UNESCO urges all parties in Syria to protect cultural heritage

27 Jul 2012 8:04 AM | Anonymous

UNESCO urges all parties in Syria to protect cultural heritage
The ancient city of Aleppo in Syria is a World Heritage site. Photo: UNESCO/Ron Van Oers

26 July 2012 – The head of the United Nations agency tasked with safeguarding the world’s cultural heritage today reiterated her appeal for all parties in the Syrian conflict to protect the Middle Eastern country’s cultural heritage.
The Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, “urges all parties to respect and protect Syria’s great cultural legacy, which constitutes a source of identity and fulfilment for its people, and to abide by their international obligations in the area of culture,” according to a UNESCO news release.

Of particular concern to UNESCO are the reports of heaving fighting in Aleppo, which contains the historic Citadel of Aleppo, one of 962 properties listed on the World Heritage List for its outstanding universal cultural value.


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