Statement by Ambassador David Killion on the Destruction of Syrian Cultural Heritage

The United States fully supports the statement made by the Ambassador from Turkey and categorically rejects the claims made by the delegate from Syria. The United States strongly condemns the destruction of Syria’s cultural heritage, most recently, the reports of the destruction of the minaret of the iconic Umayyad mosque in the ancient city of ...
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Statement by Ambassador David Killion in Connection with the Agreement on Cultural Heritage in the Middle East

When President Obama visited the Middle East last month, he insisted that “peace is possible” but also challenged us to “create the change we want to see.”  Here, we have met his challenge by overcoming politicization at UNESCO. Today, this organization has accomplished what no one else could.  In the spirit of dialogue and cooperation ...
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Statement by U.S. Ambassador David Killion to the 191st Executive Board

Madam Chair, Madame Director General, Excellencies, Colleagues, Friends, UNESCO is an organization founded on hope – hope of a better world, hope that we can overcome conflict, hope that we can move forward together.  At the last Executive Board, thanks to the Russian Ambassador, and with support from the United States and many other countries, ...
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