Iraq – Destruction of cultural heritage (February 27, 2015)


France condemns the destruction of ancient sculptures and artifacts in Mosul Museum by Daesh. It assures the Iraqi authorities of its support in their efforts to ensure that the perpetrators of these despicable acts are brought to justice.

The heritage of Iraq - the cradle of humanity - is at great risk. The systematic and calculated attacks perpetrated by Daesh are based on a rationale of deliberate destruction.

UNESCO, which adopted a resolution on the protection of heritage in Iraq last fall, plays a key role in saving this heritage. We assure UNESCO’s director-general of our support in her efforts to mobilize the international community.

The UN Security Council adopted, on February 12, resolution 2199 which notably condemns the destruction of Iraqi and Syrian cultural heritage and calls on the states parties to prevent the illicit trade of cultural property. France is currently mobilizing its efforts in New York together with its partners to ensure that this issue is taken fully into account in the international community’s response.