24 March 2017

الأمم المتحدة تشدد على ضرورة العمل العاجل للتصدي لتدمير ونهب التراث الثقافي

Yury Fedotov , Executive Director of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime stressed the urgent need for action to address the destruction of the cultural heritage and trafficking.

This came in a UN Security Council session , which dealt with the problem of the destruction and looting of cultural heritage by terrorist groups and during armed conflicts.

He said Fedotov cross - circuit television:
" The need for more urgent to work more than ever in the face of the extensive destruction of places of cultural heritage in Syria, Iraq and the seizure of thousands of pieces of cultural property near the border of the two countries. The takeovers this may represent the top of the glacier, said that the destruction of landmarks in Palmyra and the sacrifice and mosques in Tikrit and Mosul are reprehensible attempts to erase human history. "

Yuri Fedotov stressed the need not to allow the continuation of these crimes.

He noted the international administrator to the existence of treaties, guidelines and tools to fight the destruction of cultural heritage and trafficking, and emphasized the need to activate the obligations better and that Member States should provide more resources in this area in a spirit of shared responsibility.

Fedotov welcomed the UN Security Council resolution on trafficking in cultural property, issued at today 's meeting. He said that the resolution addresses this vital issue as a source of financing for terrorism and ways to put the protection of cultural heritage during armed conflicts.
Fedotov said that the decision will strengthen, without a doubt, the ability of the international community to address the pressing issue.

For its part , it described the Director - General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, the decision as "historic , " adding that it reflects the importance of the cultural heritage in the field of peace and security, stressing that "heritage is the identity of a belonging."

Bokova was quoted by the German poet Heinrenc Hein saying that "in every place where burn men books and culture, they end up burning of other men", pointing out that history clearly proved this to say: " the destruction of heritage deliberate war crime. War tactic has become within the global strategy of cultural cleansing. therefore , the heritage protection is not just a cultural issue, but also is a security need not be separated from the issue of protecting human life. behind the beauty of Palmyra, is the history of cultural influences from Asia, Persia and Rome constitute the identity of the Syrian people. In the tomb of Yunus Mosul see Judaism, Christianity and Islam convergence - NH symbol of unity. "

Bokova considered the new resolution important and bold vision of the nature of the relationship between peace and heritage, bent on France and Italy sponsors of the resolution.

"Force of arms is not enough to defeat violent extremism. The quest for peace also requires a culture of prevention, education, and transport heritage: this is the message of this historic resolution, the huge and scope."

Bokova considered the new resolution important and bold vision of the nature of the relationship between peace and heritage, bent on France and Italy sponsors of the resolution.