Ukraine calls on UNESCO to take measures to preserve the Khan Palace in Bakhchisaray

January 20, 2018

On Friday, January 19, a special meeting of the National Commission of Ukraine for UNESCO was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. The main topic at the event was the critical situation around the Khan Palace in Bakhchisaray. As a result, Ukraine urged UNESCO to take measures to preserve the Khan’s palace in Bakhchisaray. This is stated on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 Photo​:the Ministry of temporarily occupied territories and IDPs

The website reports that the meeting participants stated that the situation in the field of culture on the territory of  Russia occupied Crimea  causes deep concern and indignation over the actions of the Russian occupation authorities, who are actually conducting mass, well-planned offense against the unique multiculturalism on the Crimean peninsula".

"So-called "restoration work"on the territory of the monument of national importance of Ukraine, an integral part of the cultural heritage of the Crimean Tatar people – the Khan Palace in Bakhchisaray, vividly witness about such aggressive actions which pose a real threat to the destruction of the historical and cultural value of this monument included in the provisional list for entry in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2003", the message says.

Following the discussion of the problem, the participants decided to take additional measures to mobilize international efforts, primarily through UNESCO, to preserve the Khan Palace in Bakhchisaray, reports the website of the agency.