Cardinal Parolin: Dialogue of Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches to help them feel unitySociety & Culture August 20, 8:27
Polina Dibrova, mother of three, wins Mrs. Russia 2017 beauty pageantSociety & Culture August 20, 4:41
Russian emergencies ministry plane returns from firefighting mission in ArmeniaWorld August 20, 4:39
East Ukraine conflict claimed nearly 3,000 civilian lives — ICRCWorld August 20, 1:56
Renowned Russian filmmaker Andrei Konchalovsky turns 80Society & Culture August 20, 0:48
One of seven injured in Surgut stabbing spree in critical condition — authoritiesSociety & Culture August 19, 23:51
Netanyahu expects to meet with Putin in Sochi on August 23 — Israeli premier’s officeRussian Politics & Diplomacy August 19, 22:47
Surgut attacker is identified as a local resident - investigationSociety & Culture August 19, 14:09
Combat module containing neural networks may become series in Russia in 2018 — designerMilitary & Defense August 19, 10:44
GENEVA, March 30. /TASS/. Russia has appealed to international organization to take part in mine clearing work in Palmyra, as a UNESCO mission cannot be sent there before this work is done, Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told Tass on Wednesday.
"As for Palmyra, the situation unfolds as follows: it was liberated from terrorists by Syrian army with support of the Russian Aerospace Forces, and there is no IS [terrorists group] there now," he said.
"But large territories remain mined in Palmyra itself and around it, and urgent measures are needed to clear these territories of mines, without which restoration of destroyed historical monuments cannot be started," Gatilov said.
He said the issue had been discussed in a telephone conversation of President Vladimir Putin with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, who fully supported the initiative and confirmed UNESCO’s readiness to take part in restoration of the destroyed monuments when security conditions were created for this.
"That is why the mine clearing issue comes to the forefront now. UNESCO won’t be able to send an expert mission there without it," Gatilov said.
He said Russia had immediately stated its readiness to start de-mining work and send mine experts to Syria. "We also appealed to respective international organizations, including UN organizations, which have such experience so that they take an active part in this work" the top ranking diplomat said.
He also said a special fund had been set up to finance restoration work.