PARIS — The ninth meeting of the Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict was held in Paris on December 18-19.

During the meeting, Armenia was elected a deputy chair of the bureau. Armenia had an active participation in the work of the committee contributing to finding solutions to the problems on the agenda of the meeting.

The Committee adopted a statement condemning destruction of cultural heritage in Syria and Iraq.

The Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict adopted at The Hague (Netherlands) in 1954, as a consequence to the massive destruction of the cultural heritage in the Second World War, is the first international treaty of a world-wide vocation dedicated exclusively to the protection of cultural heritage in the event of armed conflict.

Armenia joined the Committee in 2013 for the term of four years.

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