Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Lavrov slams "pressure" on UNESCO bogging down restoration of Palmyra, Aleppo

UNESCO bogging down restoration of Palmyra, Aleppo
Restoring monuments that were ruthlessly decimated by terrorists in the Syrian cities of Palmyra and Aleppo, has gotten stalled due to pressure being exerted on the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday at a session of the country’s Commission for UNESCO.

"Due to the serious damage which terrorists inflicted on the Middle East’s richest cultural and historic heritage, we are trying to reactivate the work of UNESCO in order to restore the monuments in Palmyra and Aleppo. Unfortunately, the initial positive signals have now been slowed down due to ongoing pressure on the UNESCOI secretariat, which only demonstrates the grievous fact that political rationale still trumps common sense," the top diplomat noted.

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