Arab countries and UNESCO agree on protection of ancient monuments

Arab countries and UNESCO agree on protection of ancient monuments

The Arab countries and UNESCO have reiterated their commitment to providing more protection to end the looting and destruction of cultural heritage sites.

have reiterated their commitment to providing more protection to end the looting and destruction of cultural heritage sites.The declaration, signed by Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and the United Arab Emirates, noted that the countries agreed to "strengthen cooperation to end the looting and destruction of cultural property."Yesterday the Syrian authorities warned the international community about the threat of the destruction of ancient Palmyra, Syria's most famous UNESCO world heritage site.UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova condemned the destructive acts as "war crimes." "This is a tactic of war," she said, calling for an end to the smuggling of antiquities in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Egypt.

 

The declaration, signed by Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and the United Arab Emirates, noted that the countries agreed to "strengthen cooperation to end the looting and destruction of cultural property."


Yesterday the Syrian authorities warned the international community about the threat of the destruction of ancient Palmyra, Syria's most famous UNESCO world heritage site

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova condemned the destructive acts as "war crimes." "This is a tactic of war," she said, calling for an end to the smuggling of antiquities in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Egypt.

 

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