Bokova: UNESCO intends to stem the illicit movement of cultural property in Syria

MOSCOW, October 10. A priority of the United Nations educational, scientific and cultural organization (UNESCO) is to prevent illicit trade in cultural property, which is a major source of financing terrorists in Syria. This was stated on 10 October, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova in an interview with TV channel “Russia 24”.

“Our priority is to stem the illicit traffic of cultural property, because it means to cross the financing”, – she said. According to her, now this problem comes to the fore in the international agenda, along with obtaining funds terrorist groups from oil trade, drugs and human beings. We are talking about billions of dollars, says Bokova.

“There are many facts recorded unauthorized archaeological excavations. We see this from the satellite”, – said the head of UNESCO.


Islamic state” (ISIS) – an Islamist terrorist organization operating inside Iraq and Syria.

Established on 15 October 2006 by the merger of 11 radical Sunni groups. The core group forming the militants, who fought with American troops during their stay in Iraq and with the forces of the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

The IG recognized as a terrorist organization in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Turkey, Egypt, UAE, India, Indonesia, and Russia (29 December 2014).