Kasoulides participates in Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition on the Defeat of ISIS

The Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs Ioannis Kasoulides, who participated today in the 2nd Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition on the Defeat of ISIS/Daesh, said that the international community should empower the international legal framework for the protection of cultural heritage.

The meeting was held at the US State Department, with the participation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and representatives from 68 states and international organizations.

According to an announcement, during the Meeting, the deepening of the cooperation in the area of information exchange among the Coalition’s states was discussed, as well as the progress of the military operations against terrorists and the fight against income flows towards Daesh.

Also, emphasis was given in the restructure of areas in Iraq and Syria that have been liberated.

Kasoulides, on his part, referred to the military aid provided by Cyprus to the Kurdish regional government of Iraq (KRG), Lebanon and Jordan.

On income flows to Daesh, the Minister of Foreign Affairs noted that terrorists now systematically engage in looting and trafficking of antiquities and cultural property.

He further underlined that the international community should empower the international legal framework for the protection of cultural heritage and highlighted that the Council of Europe prepares a new international Convention for Offences related to Cultural Heritage, an issue in which the Cyprus Chairmanship of the Council of Europe places special emphasis.

Source CNA
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