CE report includes data on destruction of heritage in Kosovo

Serbia cannot allow the adoption of a Council of Europe resolution that does not contain data on more than 150 Christian Orthodox churches destroyed in Kosovo.

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Serbia cannot allow the adoption of a CoE resolution that does not contain data on the decade in which more than 150 Christian Orthodox churches were destroyed in Kosovo, member of the Serbian parliament delegation and of the Culture Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the CoE, Marija Obradovic said in Strasbourg.

"We insisted that the draft report include facts about the destruction of Serbian cultural heritage, especially of those buildings not damaged in the pogrom in Kosovo from March 2004," she noted, according to a release from the Serbian Parliament.

"I informed the members of the committee that 34 Orthodox churches and other cultural and religious buildings were damaged in that event alone," she pointed out.

Serbia's opinion was received well by the other members of the committee, but also by the rapporteur, especially considering that more than a few of those buildings are protected by UNESCO and that many were constructed in the Middle Ages, she remarked.

"The adoption of a resolution on this is expected early next year, and we will monitor closely its creation until then," Obradovic concluded.

The Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media of the Parliamentary Assembly of the CoE discussed on Friday a preliminary report on cultural heritage in crisis and post-conflict situations, included in the fourth part of the plenary session.

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