|Bokova and Eldamaty during the conference’s opening session and at the MIA|
|Destruction at the MIA in the aftermath of the car bomb |
explosion in January 2014
photo: Khaled El-Fiqi
|The ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud destroyed by I.S.I.S.|
The fact that ten ministers had gathered at the conference was “a strong symbol of our joint commitment to respond, and UNESCO is determined to live up to its responsibilities, because we believe the protection of heritage is far more that a cultural issue — it has become a security imperative,” she said.