Russia calls for UNESCO mission to Syria’s ancient cities

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Moscow  –  Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov said on Friday UN cultural agency UNESCO should send a mission to Syria to evaluate the destruction of the country’s ancient monuments.

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“Cultural heritage being destroyed by barbarians, including in Syria, is our common domain.

“I am convinced that UNESCO, in accordance with its mandate, should send an expert mission there [to Syria] as soon as the security situation allows,” Lavrov said.

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The extremist group Islamic State has destroyed and pillaged numerous ancient cultural sites in Syria and Iraq in the last couple of years.

Russia began a bombing campaign against Islamic State and other extremist groups in Syria in September. (dpa/NAN)

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