Lavrov: Restoring Palmyra and Aleppo is being delayed because of pressures on UNESCO

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December 21, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos

MOSCOW, Russia – Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday at a session of the country’s Commission for the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) that restoring sites in Syria’s Aleppo and Palmyra has been delayed because of pressure being exerted on the 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,” he said.

“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.

ISIS destroyed many of the ancient sites in Palmyra because they were not Islamic.

Huge swathes of Aleppo were destroyed in the fighting between Syrian government forces and terrorist organizations.

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