Turkey and Greece must 'protect cultural heritage'

Greece's culture minister Nikos Xydakis has said that both Greece and Turkey must protect their cultural heritage.

Turkey and Greece must 'protect cultural heritage'

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Greek minister has said Ankara and Athens should work together to “protect our joint cultural heritage.”

Culture minister Nikos Xydakis was speaking on Thursday at a UNESCO meeting in Paris.

Xydakis said the two countries had "substantial" duties in protecting cultural heritage and also voiced concern over the threat posed by Daesh militants to historical sites in Syria and Iraq.

Latest reports from Syria indicate that the extremist group has taken control of the ancient city of Palmyra, sparking fears of more wanton destruction of pre-Islamic ruins and artifacts.

Other items looted from museums in Iraq by Daesh are thought to have made their way onto the black market.

"Turkey and Greece and Italy should play a strong role in preventing smuggling of cultural assets and revive the [UNESCO] 1970 Convention," said Xydakis, referring to the UN body’s agreement against the black-market trade in antiquities.

He also said cooperation between the trio would set an example to every country to prevent smuggling.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 21 Mayıs 2015, 13:43