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UN Security Council adopted resolution on protection of cultural heritage during armed conflicts
10:56, 25 March 2017
UN Security Council adopted resolution on protection of cultural heritage during armed conflicts

Ukraine was one of the co-authors of the resolution

10:56, 25 March 2017

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United Nations Security Council adopted the resolution on protection of cultural heritage during armed conflicts. This was reported on the Twitter page of Ukrainian mission to UN.

The text of resolution was developed by representatives of Italy and France.

"UN Security Council has just adopted the resolution on protection of cultural heritage in terms of armed conflicts. Ukraine is one of the co-authors," the message reads.

Resolution was proposed to counter damage and smuggling of cultural property from the territory of armed conflicts.

As the message says, resolution condemns illegal destruction and looting of cultural assets from the territory of armed conflicts.

Beyond that, resolution confirms that such actions may be military crimes.

"Resolution calls for measures to prevent and stop illegal trade and circulation of cultural property, as well as establishing wide cooperation within law enforcement agencies and legal authorities with the support of UNESCO and Interpol," the message says.

Authors of the resolution urged UN Member States to place their cultural assets on "secure areas" within their territory.

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