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MOSCOW, April 13 /TASS/. A group of Russian experts has used UNESCO methods to conduct a preliminary examination of destructions in the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra. They are going to submit their report to the UNESCO secretariat, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
"The 199th session of the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization [UNESCO] in Paris discussed UNESCO’s role in the protection and preservation of Palmyra and other Syrian objects of world heritage at Russia’s request and unanimously passed a decision to preserve and protect the world heritage monuments in Syria.
The co-authors of the Russia-proposed document are more than 40 UNESCO member states, including the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council; the BRICS states, Syria and a number of Arab countries," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
"The UNESCO Executive Board welcomed the liberation of Syrian Palmyra from ISIS militants [the former name for the Islamic State terrorist group banned in Russia] and yielded due praise to the experts and specialists in the field of culture who are working in conditions of high risk," the Russian Foreign Ministry went on to say.
"The Executive Board also called on the director-general to unite the world community’s efforts to help the Syrian Arab Republic and send a UNESCO mission of international experts [to Palmyra] to assess the damage and draw up a plan of further actions to restore the Syrian cultural monuments, which have been destroyed by terrorists," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in its statement.
"UNESCO’s decision contains a call to all member countries to render financial assistance in carrying out assessment and restoration works," the ministry stressed.
"UNESCO’s decision [on Syrian objects of world heritage] is the demonstration of the world community’s political will and determination to counteract the barbaric doings of terrorists in Syria and restore that country’s cultural heritage," the Russian Foreign Ministry added.
It clarified that a group of Russian experts from the Russian D.S. Likhachev Scientific Research Institute of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage of the Russian Ministry of Culture had already arrived at a place near Palmyra.