On October 10, 2016, Representative of Ukraine to the UNESCO
Executive Board, Deputy Foreign Minister, Head of the
National Commission for UNESCO Sergiy Kyslytsya delivered
a speech at the 200th session of the Executive Board, a member of
which is Ukraine.
underlined the importance of joint international efforts for deoccupation by Russia of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea
and the city of Sevastopol.
“Establishing the effective monitoring by UNESCO in the
Autonomous Republic of Crimea is an indicator of the capacity of this
Organization to respond adequately to the most complex challenges of our time,”
stated Sergiy Kyslytsya.
The head of the delegation of Ukraine itemized the facts of
human rights violations on the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine –
Crimea, illicit export from Ukraine of the archaeological finds as well as
pieces of art such as paintings by Ivan Aivazovsky
from the collection of the Aivazovsky National Art
Gallery in Feodosia.
The Representative of Ukraine to the UNESCO Executive
Council stressed the conservation of cultural heritage and minority rights and
freedoms to belong directly to the competence of UNESCO and urged the member
states to respond adequately to violations by the Russian Federation.
Furthermore, in the light of the case of the journalist
Roman Suschenko, illegally detained in Russia, Deputy
Foreign Minister of Ukraine appealed to his Russian counterpart, Permanent
Representative of Russia to UNESCO O.Kuznetsov, with
the request to deliver to the Russian law enforcement agencies the demand to
release R.Suschenko immediately and to stop the
shameful practice of harassment and intimidation of journalists.
The 200th session of the UNESCO Executive Board
is held from 4 to 18 October, 2016 in Paris. Following the session, Ukraine
expects the concrete steps to be taken by the UNESCO Secretariat in the
implementation of previous decisions of the Executive Board concerning
providing the permanent monitoring mechanism of UNESCO to follow up the
situation in the occupied Crimea.