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UNESCO slams Turkey over the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque

Turkey also received criticism over the conversion of the Chora Monastery into a mosque

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee issued a statement about Turkey’s decision to turn the world monuments of Hagia Sophia and Chora Monastery into mosques.

The committee, meeting for the 44the session online from China, also expressed regret that Turkey’s government ignored repeated calls by UNESCO to observe the guidelines of the organization on world heritage monuments.

It also expressed its concern over the repercussions of these decisions on the monuments’ global nature and called on Turkey to reveal its intentions and join in dialog before any other radical change.

Greek diplomatic sources welcomed the UNESCO statement.

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