UNESCO calls for emergency meeting on Iraq antiquities

Published February 27th, 2015 - 07:50 GMT

Head of UNESCO Irina Bokova demanded Thursday a meeting of the UN’s Security Council in response to Daesh destruction of artefacts in Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, reported AFP.

Daesh released on Thursday a video portraying its fighters destroying ancient statues and other artefacts in a Mosul museum and archaeological site, acts that experts have compared to the Taliban’s 2011 destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan. 

Bokova stressed the need for an emergency UN Security Council meeting, telling AFP that the destruction “is a security issue as it fuels sectarianism, violent extremism and conflict in Iraq.”

Earlier this month the UN Security Council adopted resolution 2199, meant to prevent illegal trafficking of antiquities in Iraq and Syria. 

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