Syria: UN cultural agency chief deplores rising violence, damage to World Heritage sites

17 Jul 2013 7:37 AM | Anonymous

Syria: UN cultural agency chief deplores rising violence, damage to World Heritage sites

Crac des Chevaliers and Qal'at El-Din. Photo: UNESCO/Jean-Pierre Heim

16 July 2013 – The head of the United Nations cultural agency today reiterated her call for an immediate end to the further destruction of World Heritage sites in Syria, expressing her “deep shock” after seeing images of the damage to two castles constructed during the Crusades between the 11th and 13th centuries.

“Irina Bokova calls upon the perpetrators to cease the destruction immediately and urges all the parties to the conflict to take the necessary measures to ensure the safeguarding of this World Heritage site along with all of Syria’s cultural property,” the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said in a statement today citing its Director-General.

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=45422&Cr=Syria&Cr1=
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