The director general of Unesco, Audrey Azoulay, reminded the president of the United States, Donald Trump, on Monday that his country has committed in multiple international agreements to respect the cultural heritage in case of conflict.
The warning of the head of the UN agency for Education, Science and Culture comes after Trump threatened Saturday to attack 52 Iranian sites, some of them representative of the culture of that country, if Tehran retaliates against the death of Commander Qasem Soleimaní in a US attack
Azoulay met Monday with Iranian ambassador to Unesco, Ahmad Jalali, to address the situation in the Middle East and threats to heritage, according to a statement from the organization.RELATED
He recalled that both US like Iran, they have signed the 1954 Conventions for the protection of cultural property in case of conflict and of 1972 for the protection of world heritage, in which countries "undertake not to deliberately take any measure that could damage the cultural and natural heritage "in the signatory countries.
He also noted that resolution 2347 of the UN Security Council, adopted unanimously in 2017, condemns acts of destruction of cultural heritage.
In a message posted on Twitter, Donald Trump had said that if Iran attacks US interests, his country has "identified 52 Iranian sites, some of them of very high level and important for Iran and Iranian culture, and those goals, and Iran itself , they will be hit very fast and very hard. "
Despite this, the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, denied Sunday that the president's intention is to bomb Iranian historical heritage and said that Washington will only act against Iran under the protection of the law.
In October 2017, the United States announced its withdrawal from Unesco by understanding that it needs to be reformed and that it is dominated by a supposed anti-Israeli trend.