Syria's Culture Minister Issam Khalil speaks during an interview with Reuters in Damascus February 21, 2015.
REUTERS/ Omar Sanadiki
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The world will have to cooperate with Syria to halt the trade in looted antiquities that helps fund jihadi groups, Syria's culture minister said, putting the onus on Turkey to stop the smuggling across their shared frontier.Culture Minister Issam Khalil said a U.N. Security Council resolution that aims to stop groups including ISIS from benefiting from the illicit antiquities trade would not be effective without the help of Damascus, a pariah to many Arab and Western states since Syria's war erupted in 2011 .Khalil said the Syrian government was going to great lengths to protect antiquities: UNESCO awarded the head of Syria's antiquities and museums directorate a prize for his commitment to safeguarding Syria's cultural heritage last October.
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