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Shakkour Demanded UNESCO to Uncover the Truth of Terrorism in Syria

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ Under the chairmanship of the Arab Group, the 194th session of UNESCO’s Executive Council session was opened last Monday.

In her intervention Syria’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO Lamia Shakkour demanded UNESCO director to work on establishing an approach intends to clear the truth about the crisis in Syria and uncover the reality of terrorism Syria undergoes for more than three years.

She indicated Syria ‘s accommodation of humanitarian asylum refugees from neighboring countries including the Palestine territories, Iraq and Lebanon, noting the economic, social, educational and health damages, Syria had suffered, then, due to the impact of displacement,while UN organizations, particularly the UNRWA and UN High Commission for Refugees are still reluctant from providing enough support for Syria under crisis.

She invited UNESCO director general to visit Syria and to see millions of Syrian students who are pursuing their education in spite of the crisis in various basic and secondary education stages of learning and educational cadres who have been relentlessly continued their assigned tasks all over the country, even in areas of armed clashes.

She urged the ambassadors of UNESCO ‘s permanent delegates, through their governments, to pressure terrorism – sponsoring countries to prevent providing terrorism with funding, arms and logistical support, to al-Qaeda and its affiliates in Syria including al-Nusra front and the State Islam in Iraq and the Levant, and the Islamic Front

She stressed the need to pursue an international consensus, in consistent with the attitude taken by the Syrian government, in embarking to a political solution as the only way to stop the massacres and sins committed by al-Qaeda terrorism against the Syrian people.

She regretted the continued bloodshed of Syrian Muslims and Christians and the current intensification of the suffering of the Syrian citizens all over Syria especially the Syrian Armenian citizens in the coastal area, who are victims of al-Nusra front barbarism.

In turn, Bokova pointed UNESCO’s efforts in addressing the Syrian affairs as a priority, saying "We work  with Syria and neighboring countries to promote humanitarian work, through serious efforts on the medium and long term," adding that education is threatened in all the region.

Bokova noted the intensified coordination with the Syrian government both inside Syria, and main host countries of the displaced, such as Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq, noting the importance of international action aiming to mobilize the vast resources and financial contribution necessary to the face the crisis in Syria.

She outlined the initiative launched by UNESCO under the title “education of young people to achieve stability”, as a comprehensive program that focuses on the education of young people and getting them involved, and urged member states and companies to support this initiative.

For his part, Iran ‘s Ambassador to UNESCO on Daei Abu Yahya stressed the need to develop a resolution supporting a key role by UNESCO in dealing with issues relevant to education in areas of conflict within UN specialized programs, noting UNESCO recently adopted approach concerning the crisis in Syria.

The joint efforts between the Syrian side and UNSECO ‘s specialized advisory bodies, the World Heritage Centre and the Arab countries Department resulted in energizing and motivating support and cooperation mechanisms, within the framework of UNSECO‘s international conventions, particularly those related to heritage for the years 1970, 1972 and 1954 and the mobilization of the international community, Syria ‘s neighboring countries and UNESCO founding partners to reduce the destruction and illicit trafficking in cultural property as devolved in the efforts of UNESCO ‘s periodical statements in this regard since the beginning of / 2012 /.

Bilateral cooperation between Syria and UNSECO was also crystallized in promoting Syria ‘s efforts with UNESCO ‘s advisory bodies including  ICOMOS, ERCOM, the Interpol and the World Customs Organization in order to provide regular support and guidance of specialized technical status quo in Syria on the short and medium term, availing Syrian competencies working in the Directorate of Antiquities and Museums, the opportunities to take advantage of this support to reduce the risk and the repercussions of looting and destruction of the Syrian cultural heritage.


T. Fateh