Syria Trust for Development calls upon international organizations to help protect Syrian heritage

Damascus, SANA The Syria Trust for Development on Monday called upon different international organizations and bodies, mainly the UNESCO, to shoulder their full responsibilities, exert all possible efforts and take all required measures to protect Palmyra City and the Syrian cultural heritage and not to content with just the
denunciation or condemnation.

The trust, in a statement on the World Peace Day, denounced the unjustified criminal acts of the terrorists against Palmyra, its society and residents on top killing archeologist Khaled al- Asaad who spared no effort in serving his city and its archeological monuments.

On August 19th, terrorists of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) beheaded al-Asaad, 82, in the ancient city of Palmyra and hung his mutilated body on a column in a main square of the historic site because he refused to reveal where valuable artefacts had been moved for safekeeping.

Terrorists’ systematic targeting of the ancient city, which was an example of the multiplicity of cultures and religions, aims at destroying Syrian cultural heritage and monuments and the symbolic meanings of its cultures which were listed by the World Heritage Record of the UNESCO, the statement said.

The Trust stands by the world condemnation of those criminals who are unable to silence and eliminate history, however they committed crimes and violations in the city of Palmyra or any piece of the Syrian territories.

The statement pointed out that Palmyra will remain the cradle of peace and that the Syrian cultural heritage will remain steadfast in the face of the heinous acts targeting it.

The Trust vowed that its youth will be in the front rows to face the cultural cleansing strategy of the global terrorism and those who support it.

The UN General Assembly set September 21st a day for World Peace to enhance the values of peace and consolidate the culture of peace in the world.
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