Moscow to assist sending of UNESCO mission to Syria's Palmyra after its liberation from ISIL - diplomat

March 26, 2016 Interfax

Russia is ready to facilitate the sending of a UNESCO mission to Syria's Palmyra to assess the damage caused to the city and help restore this cultural heritage site, and Moscow is already maintaining dialogue with UNESCO to this end, says Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov.

"As soon as the security situation allows for this, a UNESCO expert mission should be dispatched there to assess the damage and restore what ISIL has destroyed. Russia, on its part, would be ready to provide all assistance it can to the sending of such a mission. We have already started contacts with UNESCO to this end," Gatilov said in an interview with Interfax on Saturday.

"The operation to liberate Palmyra from ISIL's armed units is nearing completion. We are concerned about the state of this historical monument, which is included in UNESCO's register," he said.

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