Germany, Iraq seek UN action to protect Iraqi cultural sites

23 Apr 2015 2:36 PM | Anonymous


Germany, Iraq seek UN action to protect Iraqi cultural sites 

NEW YORK (AFP).- Germany and Iraq asked UN member-states on Tuesday to take action against the destruction by jihadist groups of Iraq's cultural sites, which they said was tantamount to a war crime.

The two countries are to present a draft resolution to the General Assembly that calls on countries to prosecute perpetrators of cultural vandalism and prevent the trafficking of stolen artifacts. 

There has been growing international alarm over the fate of Iraq's cultural heritage after videos surfaced of Islamic State fighters destroying artefacts at the Mosul museum and in the ancient cities of Hatra and Nimrud.
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