UN cultural agency calls on Libyans and NATO to protect heritage sites

15 Jun 2011 7:31 AM | Anonymous

UN cultural agency calls on Libyans and NATO to protect heritage sites

A section of the World Heritage site of the Old Town of Ghadamès, Libya
14 June 2011 – The United Nations cultural organization has called on the warring parties in Libya to protect two World Heritage List sites, one of which has reportedly been shelled already and the other that is said to be a potential target of NATO air attacks.
The Old Town of Ghadamès, known as “the pearl of the desert,” was shelled by Government forces over the weekend, according to media reports. Other reports have said that NATO has refused to rule out the possibility of bombing the Roman town of Leptis Magna, east of Tripoli, which allegedly has warehouses of Government arms.

“The Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, today called on parties involved in the armed conflict in Libya to ensure the protection of the World Heritage site of the Old Town of Ghadamès and its immediate surroundings,” the agency said in a press release

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=38721&Cr=libya&Cr1=

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