2015-09-01 11:12:00

Cultural monuments in Syria, Iraq need to be protected from Islamists Lavrov

Moscow, September 1, Interfax - UNESCO needs to consider ways to protect cultural values amid ISIL attacks on cultural monuments in Syria's Palmyra, Russian Foreign Sergey Lavrov has said.

"Under these circumstances, the task of the protection of cultural values under a relevant UN convention is very topical. I think we should think about concrete steps at the UNESCO in order to provide this position of the international community," Lavrov said at MGIMO University on September 1.

"The destruction of cultural monuments in Iraq and Syria's Palmyra demonstrates that these people [ISIL fighters] not only seek to grab power on a huge territory but also to deliberately undermine the very foundation of human culture," he said.