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Unesco wants protected cultural zones in Syria, Iraq

Dec 05, 2014    

Paris, Dec 4 (IANS) Unesco chief Irina Bokova Thursday called for creation of protected cultural zones around heritage sites in conflict-hit Syria and Iraq."A start could be made with the city of Aleppo, and especially the Omeyyad mosque, a highly iconic site located in the world heritage Syrian city," Bokova said in a statement.Bokova also denounced the persecution of minorities, the attacks on cultural heritage and the illicit trafficking in cultural properties as "part of a strategy of deliberate cultural cleansing of exceptional violence"."There can be no purely mi...

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