By: The Kabul Times
Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage Protection Association in a press release here the other day said that each historical and cultural artifact has special values and uniqueness of its creator of that period which represents the human artistic nature and environment of that particular era.
“The specific living environment of every human is part of this world, therefore, based on this certain principle every archaeological and historical artifact is part of the world cultural heritage,” the association said, adding that Afghanistan as an ancient treasure of the world comprises unique archaeological sites, historical monuments, ancient artifacts as well as the material evidence of the historical and cultural occasions. Hinting to peace process, the association said that recently, Afghanistan is under discussion of the world due to the security issues and peace process, adding that for the peace, international visits have been increased and back and forth meetings have been held in various places but unfortunately for the protection and safeguarding of the cultural heritage of the country no one nor the government not the institution has showed its interest.
“In fact, due to the political instability and fragile security situation the cultural heritage has been heavily damaged in the last forty years. Considering the current circumstance, the Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage Protection Association in light with their objective share the following points with national and international stakeholders: The current peace process shouldn’t be in control and favor of few political parties and persons, we want long lasting and permanent peace all over the country which guarantee the sustainable development of the country,” the press released demanded. It also said that: “In paces negotiation process one of the important points in the agenda shall be the willingness and commitment for protection and safeguarding of the unique and diverse cultural heritage of the country. Based on the UNESCO conventions which adopted by Afghanistan, the Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage Protection Association insist to include in concluding remarks the repatriation of the illegal exported artifacts during the last forty years from various archaeological sites currently located in various museums of the world.” The Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage Protection Association appealed the citizens to cooperate in safeguarding the cultural heritage of the country as their own property. “We urge all the national and international organization to concentrate on the protection and safeguarding of Afghanistan’s cultural heritage in every stage of peace negotiation process.” The Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage Protection Association through this press release requested the relevant entities, citizens, and international partners to include the above-mentioned points in the coming meeting on peace process which will be held in Turkey.