- Sunday, 04 January 2015
Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, called to create
a "protected cultural zones" around heritage sites in Syria and Iraq
At the opening of the International Conference on threats to cultural heritage in these two countries, which was held at UNESCO headquarters today, Director-General suggested that the start of these areas, starting from the Great Umayyad Mosque, which is located in s very amazing site in the city of Aleppo listed in the World Heritage List. The Director-General in this regard, "not too late to take action." Director-General condemned the persecution of minorities, the attacks against cultural heritage, and illicit trafficking in cultural property "as part of a deliberate strategy of cultural cleansing that take place in a manner of extraordinary violence."
The Director-General added, "It is not possible to resolve this crisis-sufficient military action. In order to combat extremism practices, we also need to promote education, which is considered as a line of defense against hatred, and to protect the heritage that contributes to the formation of collective identity," It should be mentioning that the invitation to the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, efforts to develop the cultural heritage and cultural diversity at the forefront of all efforts, to implement humanitarian activities and peace-building in Iraq and Syria, were strongly endorsed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon. In a letter addressed to the Secretary-General of the conference, said, "Theprotection of cultural heritage but represents a security necessity."
In his speech to the conference, Secretary General's Special UN Envoy to Syria, Stephen de Mistura, said he believes that the protection of diversity and heritage may provide a basis for consensus. (de Mistura) added that protected cultural areas can be created through an "action plan launched from the ground up", being implemented given that the people of Syria have earned it a lot of violence and bloodshed and suffering. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Nikolay Mladenov, has stressed that the heritage which is located in this region belongs to all of humanity.
He also condemned the terrorists who resort to genocide and enslavement of women, and blatant disregard for the lives of people and human rights practices, in their attempts to destroy the state of Iraq.