UNESCO Director-General Condemns the Destruction of the Arch of Triumph in Palmyra -- "Extremists are terrified of history"

05 Oct 2015 4:31 PM | Anonymous

UNESCO Director-General Condemns the Destruction of the Arch of Triumph in Palmyra -- "Extremists are terrified of history"

Paris, 5 October—The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today strongly condemned the destruction of the Arch of Triumph in Palmyra, an iconic 2,000-year-old civil monument of the city that is inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

"This new destruction shows how terrified by history and culture the extremists are, because understanding the past undermines and delegitimizes the pretexts they use to justify these crimes and exposes them as expressions of pure hatred and ignorance. Palmyra symbolizes everything that extremists abhor; cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue, the encounter of different peoples in this centre of trading between Europe and Asia.  

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