ANKARA (QHA) -

The Association of Culture and Mutual Aid of the Crimean Tatars in Turkey received a response to its appeal from UNESCO in connection with the so-called restoration work of the Khan Palace in Bakhchysarai. 

The Crimean Tatar dernek informed, that, responding to the request of the Head of the Association of Culture and Mutual Aid of the Crimean Tatars Mukremin Sahin, Deputy Director General of the organization Mechtild Rossler wrote that UNESCO is closely monitoring the situation around the Palace of the Crimean Khans.

The letter notes that UNESCO received the appeal on January 5.

“Please be reassured, that in view of the Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted in 1972, and the Second Protocol to the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict of 1954, we take note of your concerns about the Khan Palace. According to paragraph 174 of the Guide to the Implementation of the Convention on the Protection of the World Heritage, we have studied in detail the information provided by you. We thank you for supporting the ideas of the world cultural heritage and assure you that the relevant UNESCO structures will monitor the development of the situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, which is an integral part of Ukraine,” the letter says.

Reference: The Association of Culture and Mutual Aid of the Crimean Tatars in Turkey appealed to international organizations and diplomatic representations of various countries of the world in connection with the so-called reconstruction of the Khan Palace in Bakhchysarai. 

In particular, the appeals were sent to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), UNESCO, the Turkish Commission of UNESCO, Europa Nostra (European Federation of Associations, created to promote and protect the cultural heritage and natural environment of Europe), the Turkish office of Europa Nostra, the delegation of Turkey in EU, to the embassies of Canada, Great Britain, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Romania.

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