– UNESCO has said yes to the culture blue helmets, says Italy’s Culture Minister Dario Franceschini, referring to the UN peacekeeping forces wearing blue helmets.
He added that 53 of UNESCO’s Member States voted in favor . After the Islamic state (IS) destruction of the Syrian Palmyra and other world heritage world can not stand by and watch, he says. According to the proposal, the force will also be able to protect important monuments in connection with natural disasters.
While the permanent members of the Security Council are positive, said the Italian minister. He does not mention that the proposal will be up for discussion in the Council.
IS has destroyed a number of important cultural treasures during their advance into Syria and Iraq. Islamist rebels in Mali have also been accused of having destroyed religious and historical monuments in the world heritage town of Timbuktu.