Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, (gov.krd) – In a statement, Kurdistan Region Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani, on Friday condemned the destruction of Mosul museum by the Islamic State terrorist organisation, ISIS. He stressed that this act is another indicator of the threat this terrorist organisation poses to world history and civilisation.
Following is the text of Prime Minister’s message:
Citizens across Iraq and the Kurdistan Region were devastated to see the images of the destruction of Mosul museum, where the terrorists of ISIS brutally and heartlessly destroyed ancient monuments and historical objects that carry the history of centuries BC.
The destruction of ancient artefacts of Mosul museum is a great loss to world’s civilisation. We are certain that the entire world shares our pain of seeing the destruction of ancient monuments from the Assyrian, Chaldean, Medes, Mesopotamian and Islamic civilisations, which represents a loss for human heritage. With this act ISIS has proved once again that it is not only against humanity but also against its heritage and peoples human and civilised values.
We strongly condemn and deplore the destruction of the museum, which embodied the spirit of coexistence between the peoples of the region. At the same time, we add our voice to that of the Governor of Nineveh and demand that UNESCO and the neighbouring countries work to prevent the illegal smuggling of ancient artefacts which have been stolen by ISIS terrorists prior to the destruction of Mosul museum. They represent an integral part of Iraq and the region’s history and heritage.
Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region
26 February 2015