UNESCO “halts” Erdogan’s plans to turn the Hagia Sophia into Mosque

27 March 2019
4007 Views

UNESCO has put the brakes on Turkish President Erdogan’s intentions to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque.

A source from UNESCO told Turkish Sputnik network that any plan regarding the status of the Hagia Sophia would have to be submitted to the relevant UNESCO committee and approved in order to proceed.

“Decisions concerning the implementation of the Convention on the Protection of the World Cultural Heritage are taken by the World Heritage Committee. If a country has signed on to the Convention and wants to change the name of a monument, it will have to submit its proposal for approval to the committee”, the source said.

“UNESCO is preparing for the work of the committee but can not predict its decisions in any way,” the source added.

Turkish President Erdogan said during a TV interview that he planned to turn the Hagia Sophia, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage site and a museum since the 1920s, to be turned into a Mosque during a pre-election gathering in Constantinople.

You may be interested

Immediate US sanctions against Turkey for S-400 system
WORLD
shares33 views
WORLD
shares33 views

Immediate US sanctions against Turkey for S-400 system

makis - Dec 04, 2020

The 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) provides for the imposition of sanctions against Turkey for the acquisition of the…

Covid-19 Greece – 1,882 new cases on Thursday
GREECE
shares45 views
GREECE
shares45 views

Covid-19 Greece – 1,882 new cases on Thursday

makis - Dec 03, 2020

The Greek authorities announced 1,882 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, 8 of which were detected following checks at the…

Greek Shipping Minister admitted to ICU
GREECE
shares51 views
GREECE
shares51 views

Greek Shipping Minister admitted to ICU

Panos - Dec 03, 2020

The Minister of Shipping and Island Policy, Giannis Plakiotakis, was admitted for precautionary reasons to the Intensive Care Unit of…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.