Aleksandra Estela Bjelica on Sat, 3 Apr 1999 14:11:09 +0100


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From: Radmila Popovic <rpop@beotel.yu>
To: ericz@EUnet.yu <ericz@EUnet.yu>
Date: ïîíåäå?àê 29, ìàðò 1999 21:59
Subject: apel


>ASSOCIATION OF ART HISTORIANS ? SERBIA
>Office: 11, Bozidara Adzije, 11 000 Belgrade
>Tel. 00381-11-44-786, ext. 123; Fax 00381-11-444-9846
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>APPEAL TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY
>
>As scholars, experts in the field of monument preservation,
>museologists, art history professors, journalists covering cultural
>matters, and officials in cultural institutions ? art historians in
>Serbia ? directly responsible, both professionally and morally, for the
>preservation and fate of the rich cultural heritage of Serbia and
>Yugoslavia which has become the target of Nato war planes together with
>the lives of civilians in this country, we strongly protest against
>senseless attacks aimed at the monuments of culture on the territory of
>Kosovo and Metohija, Serbia and Montenegro. We are appealing to our
>colleagues, cultural institutions and the general public in the entire
>world to raise their voices against this irrational insanity and evil
>and stand up for the protection of the heritage which is part of
>European and  world culture and is under the protection of the UNESCO
>Charter.
>
>We strongly protest because the following monuments have become targets
>of Nato missiles: the monastery of Gracanica, in the vicinity of
>Pristina, a monument dating from the 14th century, a masterpiece of
>medieval architeture and Byzantine fresco-painting; the archaeological
>site of Ulpiana from the Roman and early Byzantine period. Precious
>cultral monuments in Cetinje, Montenegro, have also been damaged by
>shells. Rakovica Monastery located in a suburb of Belgrade has received
>a brutal missile barrage. In the area under heavy, ceaseless bombardment
>in Pristina is the Imperial mosque, a signicifant work of of Islamic
>architecture from the second half of the 15th century, located in the
>very centre of the city.
>
>We are deeply concerned about the fate of 1,300 monuments of art, sacral
>and secular buildings, preserved for posterity, which belong to the
>cultural heritage of all the nations and religious affiliations on the
>territory of Kosovo, Serbia and Yugoslavia. Many of them, including the
>monasteries of Mileseva, Studenica and Sopocani, have been proclaimed by
>UNESCO  as world cultural heritage. All movable cultural assets and
>works of art treasured in around 140 museums in Serbia are also
>endangered.
>
>
>  We are appealing once again to the international community to join us
>in our efforts to protect the Serbian, Yugoslav and world cultural
>heritage.
>
>
>Belgrade, 29 March 1999
>
>The Chairperson of the Assembly of the Association of Art Historians in
>Serbia
>Professor  Marica Suput
>
>The Chairperson of the Executive Board of the Association of Art
>Historians in Serbia
>Marko Omcikus
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