Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces has on all countries to work together to curb the illicit trade in antiquities and protect archaeological sites and cultural heritage from violence and terrorism during armed conflicts.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed’s call came in his speech delivered at the closing session of the Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage Conference, a joint initiative of Sheikh Mohamed and the French President, Francois Hollande, in the presence of a number of foreign heads of states, prime ministers, ministers and dignitaries.

“This conference gives us the chance to call on governments worldwide to work together to safeguard global human heritage, which, as a result of civil wars, conflicts, terrorism and trafficking of antiquities by criminal gangs, has been more endangered than ever. These disruptions and crimes aim at erasing the memories of entire nations and destroying their human heritage. Needless to say, any damaging actions against our human heritage are rejected by all religions, norms and international charters,” Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed said.

Sheikh Mohamed stressed that safeguarding human cultural heritage is not just the responsibility of a single society or state, but the responsibility of all governments and peoples of the world because what is at stake is the heritage of humanity as a whole.

Sheikh Mohamed describd the UAE’s hosting of this conference as “part of our long-standing policy of paying close attention to all issues of interest to humanity as a whole.”

Source: Qatar News Agency