Esma Arslan PARIS Ahead of her first visit to Turkey on Monday, Irina Bokova, the Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, has stressed the importance of protecting culture heritage in Syria and Iraq.Bokova said that, during her two-day visit, which coincides with UNESCO’s 70th anniversary, she would discuss with Turkish leaders the means to protect and stop the destruction of historical heritage in the war-torn countries of Syria and Iraq, "What's happening in Syria and Iraq is a huge tragedy,” Bokova said.sought after Homs due to the city's strategic position in the area.
During French Mandate rule, the city became a center of insurrection and, after independence in 1946, a center of Baathist resistance to the first Syrian governments.
Syrian Arab News Agency – S A N A - Homs began to decline under the Ottomans and only in the 19th century did the city regain its economic importance when its cotton industry boomed.
Tehran, SANA – Iranian Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said that all sides involved in the Syrian crisis must respect the Syrian.
"There is no effective army without culture, and sometimes culture is equal to weapons and may even be more effective than weapons, like a recent concert in Palmyra showed," he added.
Latakia Governor Ibrahim Khodr al-Salem noted that cultural development and strengthening of Russian-Syrian cultural ties is very important in the fight against international terrorism.