sexta-feira, 22 de maio de 2015

Syria: UNESCO fears destruction of the city of Palmira

Euronews: what is your opinion about taking Palmyra by the jihadists of the Islamic State?

Mechtild Rössler: "we are very worried and sad about the situation, because Palmyra is one of the most important sites in the World Heritage list. In addition, it is also one of the first sites to be included on our list in 1980.

Is a very important location for all mankind with Greco-Roman influences. Palmira is also dubbed the "Venice of the desert."

Euronews: If the city is vandalized or destroyed, which can make the Unesco: restore the site, rebuild it?

Mechtild Rössler: "it is necessary to meet certain conditions. In the case of the former Yugoslavia, rebuild the Mostar Bridge. We did the same thing in Afghanistan, not a reconstruction, but saved the zones that are home to the statues of Buddha, which included paintings.

In addition, we are now in the phase of reconstruction in Mali. We know well what are the situations. But we need a more quiet environment to be able to work on the ground.

At the moment, UNESCO can only intervene with partners against the illegal trade of artifacts. And here I have a request to make we have to find a way to end this illegal activity.

The most important thing is to ensure that the objects do not leave the country and who are not sold on the international market. "

Euronews: are there any other places of cultural interest in the region that can be targeted by the jihadists? It is taking action in this aspect?

Mechtild Rössler: "we are examining the situation with our officers in the region, not only in Syria, but also in Iraq. Also assess the situation in Libya and in Yemen and we are in contact with authorities and non-governmental organizations, at the same time.

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