UNESCO agree to the deployment of "blue helmets" to protect the effects of Daash
It approved of Science and Education and Culture Organization (UNESCO) of the United Nations to send peacekeeping forces to protect archaeological sites around the world from various threats, especially terrorist attacks and destruction at the hands of militants Italy's proposal.
The Minister of Culture Italian Dario Francascana "UNESCO agreed to with the blue helmets to protect civilization," adding that 53 countries as well as members of the Security Council members supported the proposal in light of the destruction of cultural sites, including Palmyra Syria at the hands of militants Daash.
Based on the minister, aimed mission new peacekeeping to protect "mission at risk of terrorist attacks sites, or in war zones, or areas that are exposed to natural disasters, as can the international community to send blue helmets to defend it before destruction." Francascana United Nations also called on to determine the operational aspects of the international force immediately.
Called on Italy to form a group "Blue Helmets" since last March, where Francascana said at the time that the task of protecting the world cultural heritage can not be left to a single country, and stressed the need for a rapid reaction force to do international to defend the monuments and archaeological sites in areas of conflict. In April Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, the Security Council called for adding protection of archaeological sites to the list of tasks of peacekeeping forces of the United Nations.
We have increased international concern about the fate of sites and monuments of archaeological and works of art as a result of the destruction campaign waged by terrorist Daash in Syria and Iraq group, where extremists destroyed and looted Assyrian city of Nimrud, the ancient monuments in urban and Khorsabad, the ancient Assyrian capital, in addition to several archaeological sites in northern Iraq. The group also published videos gunmen as they appear smashing artwork and effects priceless back to the seventh century BC in the central city of Mosul Museum. After the takeover in May the city of Palmyra in Syria destroyed this ancient city, mentioned in the list of World Heritage of UNESCO, and the destruction of some of their valuables.
In August condemned the Director-General of UNESCO destroy the Roman Temple ancient "Baal Shamin" as a war crime and said it was a great loss to the Syrian people and for humanity. With this, the threat of cultural sites do not only come from Daash but also in other conflicts around the world. Crossed Bokova concern about the escalation of violence against the cultural heritage and religious in the Middle East and condemned the burning of Joseph's Tomb in the West Bank, where she said in an official statement, "The cultural heritage and religious embodies the values that transcend culture and doctrine lines. Nothing can justify violating". In a recent interview with RTL radio, described the director of the UNESCO cultural cleansing practiced by Daash in the Middle East as "a human tragedy," she said, "When someone oppresses the people on the basis of race, religion and destroys Nsbhm and their temples and Egerdhm of heritage moral and attacking their identities, this means that they are no longer human beings, "he stressed that" the protection of the archaeological site not only archaeological monument, but is linked to the lives of human beings; it is part of their identity, "related.
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