Friday, February 27, 2015

UNESCO sent a letter to the ICC about the destruction of cultural heritage in Iraq – RIA Novosti

PARIS, Feb. 27 – RIA Novosti, Viktor Ivanov. UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova has sent to the International Criminal Court (ICC) message with a call to consider the destruction of the militants of the radical Islamist group “Islamic State” cultural heritage in the Iraqi city of Mosul.

“We expect (the events in Mosul) followed by reaction of the International Criminal Court. This is important as it will mobilize most of the international community” – quoted Side Agence France-Presse. Head of UNESCO noted that already has sent a letter to the prosecutor of the ICC.

Before the Internet there was a video in which militants destroyed sculptures pre-Islamic era, preserved in the museum of the city of Mosul in northern Iraq. Shortly thereafter, UNESCO has called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on the issue of preservation of cultural heritage in Iraq.

The wide expansion of the IG, seized a large territory of Iraq and Syria, has become one of the world’s major problems in 2014. The grouping, numbering, according to the CIA, about 30 thousand militants declared in the occupied territories, and the caliphate seeks to further expand its acquisitions.

united front against the IG is not: besides coalition with the group fighting government troops and Syria Iraq and the Iraqi and Syrian Kurds. As a result of the fighting several thousand civilians were killed and hundreds of thousands became refugees and several thousand more are being held hostage by the IG. United States, with the support of a number of allied countries from September 23 began to be applied on the positions of the IG in Syria air strikes since August similar operation takes place in Iraq. In this case, the US aircraft involved without the permission of the Syrian authorities.


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