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.
“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.
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)