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UNESCO expressed serious concern over the situation in Crimea


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted a resolution today initiated by Estonia, Sweden, the U.K., the U.S. and Ukraine on the situation in Crimea, in which the organization expresses deep concern over the Russian military's presence in Crimea jeopardizing the peninsula's residents' access to education and their freedom of speech.

The organization also affirmed that it doesn't recognize Crimea as part of Russia and expressed deep concern over the possibility that Russian military's presence might jeopardize the protection of UNESCO's world heritage in Crimea.

According to Marten Kokk, Estonia's permanent representative at UNESCO, today’s decision concerning the situation in Crimea is convincing evidence that the international community doesn't recognize the annexation of Crimea and is deeply concerned about the developments taking place there. "Although UNESCO as the UN's education and culture organization is apolitical, guaranteeing access to education and the freedom of speech are part of UNESCO’s mandate. Russia's actions in Crimea give UNESCO plenty of reason for concern," Kokk added.

28 countries voted in favour of the resolution, 20 remained impartial and four voted against it.

On the photo are Permanent Representative of the Republic of Estonia to UNESCO Marten Kokk and Ukrainian ambassador to France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO:

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