UNESCO chief calls for protection of Egypt's cultural heritage

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Irina Bokova

The head of the United Nations cultural agency expressed grave concern for Egypt's cultural heritage on Monday following reports that a national museum had been looted.

Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, said the museum, located in the city of Minya, had been looted and several monuments of religious importance in Fayoum and the capital, Cairo had been destroyed during the current unrest in Egypt.

The Director-General said the attacks against the cultural institutions of the country constituted "irreversible damage to the history and identity of the Egyptian people."

Ms. Bokova urged Egyptian authorities to ensure the protection and integrity of museums, sites and historical buildings, including those of religious importance.

She also appealed to the Egyptian authorities to prevent the trafficking of cultural objects stolen from the Malawi National Museum.

She also reiterated her agency's readiness to provide technical support.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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