Magharebia (Washington DC)

12 December 2012

Mauritania: Nation Urges Mali Crisis Settlement

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on Tuesday (December 11th) called for a settlement "as soon as possible" of the Mali crisis and voiced hope that "the common heritage of humanity" would be saved, AFP reported.

The Mauritanian president spoke to reporters in Paris after a meeting with UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova.

In a joint declaration, Bokova and Ould Abdel Aziz urged all UNESCO member states to join forces in order to ensure the safeguarding and protection of Mali's cultural property, and to "prevent the illicit trafficking of Timbuktu's cultural property and manuscripts" for present and future generations.

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