UNESCO adopts document on protection of cultural property in occupied lands

Fri 21 December 2012 13:20 GMT | 17:20 Local Time

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The UNESCO Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict has adopted a document on the protection of cultural property in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.

The document was adopted on 21 December at the seventh session of the committee at the initiative of Azerbaijan, according to the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry.

The decision reflected the obligation of the occupant country to report on the protection of cultural property in the occupied territories, and provide the ability to send technical missions to the occupied territories.

Along with this, according to the decision, in the following year, the Secretariat should prepare an extensive document in connection with the execution of the respective articles in the Hague Convention and its second protocol for submission to the Committee.

The adoption of this document provides a framework for a broader debate on the protection of cultural property in the occupied Azerbaijani territories and the acceptance of certain mechanisms.

Despite the protest of Armenia and some of its supporting members of the Committee, the majority supported the initiative of Azerbaijan and further steps in this direction.





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