UNESCO will consider the issue of the cultural heritage of the Crimea
Director of the department of the information policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Yevgeny Perebiynos has said that today UNESCO will discuss the issue of the cultural heritage of the Crimea.
According to Perebiynos, on April 10 the countries-members of the executive council of UNESCO will consider the issue, introduced to the agenda by Ukraine, of necessity of UNESCO’s monitoring the protection of the cultural heritage «due to the military presence of Russia in the Crimean peninsula».
It’s worth reminding that on March 16 a referendum of the status of the autonomy was held in the Crimea, 96 percent of the participants of which voted for the accession of the region to Russia. On March 18 the agreement on reunification of the Crimea with Russia was signed as well as the federal constitutional law on formation of two new entities of the Russian Federation — the Crimean Republic and the city of federal importance Sevastopol. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin signed the documents on March 21.
On April 1 Putin commissioned the minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky with checking the material and technical condition of the cultural objects of the Crimea and repair and upgrade the obsolete equipment if necessary.
According to the data of the Crimean authorities, 11,5 thousand objects of cultural and historic heritage and six reserves are located in the territory of the peninsula.
The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation plans to consult the secretariat of UNESCO commission of Russia on the issues of granting the cultural monuments of the Crimea the status of the objects of the World Heritage of UNESCO. The following monuments are among the candidates for being listed as the World Heritage sites: Khan palace in Bakhchysaray, Genoese fortress and Genoese colonies in the Northern Greater Black Sea area.