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Georgian Foreign Ministry calls on Russia to stop destruction of cultural monuments

Publish Time 2017-01-11 10:03:00 Update Time 2017-01-11 12:18:00


Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia calls on the Russian Federation to stop destruction of cultural monuments across the occupied territories. 

According to the statement released by the Foreign Ministry, the Russian and Abkhaz media reported that on January 3, the Russian occupation forces destroyed the multilayer archeological and architectural monument in the Gulripshi village of Tsebelda, the ruins of a church and also the mid-XX century Polish cemetery.

The Georgian Foreign Ministry calls on the international community, UNESCO and other international organizations to assess the illegal actions of the Russian Federation.

"The Russian Foreign Ministry condemns another act of destruction of historical and cultural heritage by the occupying force and regards it as an act against the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Ministry calls on the Russian Federation to stop damaging and destructing cultural monuments in the occupied territories. These illegal activities once again refer to the gravest military and humanitarian situation in the occupied territories.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reminds the Russian Federation that the intentional damage to cultural heritage represents a violation of the international humanitarian law, in particular the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, as well as UNESCO Declaration concerning Intentional Destruction of Cultural Heritage.

The Ministry also calls on the international community, UNESCO and other international organizations to assess Russia's illegal actions in the occupied territories to make every effort in order to protect the historical and cultural heritage”, reads the statement.


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