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UNESCO suspends cooperation with Libya

03 march 2011, 05:12
UNESCO has suspended all cooperation with revolt-hit Libya "until the rights of the Libyan people are fully respected," the United Nations cultural organisation said in a statement on Wednesday.

According to the AFP news report, UNESCO said the decision came after the UN Security Council passed a resolution on February 26 condemning flagrant human rights violations in Libya during fighting between anti-regime rebels and forces loyal to Moamer Kadhafi.

"Given the tragic evolution of events in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya -- the serious human rights violations as well as the incitement of hostilities and the violence coming from the highest level of the Libyan government against the civilian people -- I have decided to suspend all activity and cooperation with the Libyan authorities," UNESCO director general Irina Bokova said.

UNESCO "will resume cooperation with Libya once the Libyan people's rights are fully respected," the statement added.

Libya is home to five UNESCO World Heritage sites, including major archaeological remains at Leptis Magna, Cyrene and Sabratha.

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