Nicholas Roerich Estate Museum in Izvara
Nicholas Roerich
Estate Museum
in Izvara
G.A. Astakhov «70th Anniversary of N. Roerich Pact on
Protection of Cultural Heritage. Its History and Significance»
Representative of Russian community of Latvia, Riga

The last thing to do was sending a letter to heads of states and their representatives in UNO, UNESCO, as well as to Iowan Paul II, Dalay-Lama XIV, president of the Russian Federation, president of France, prime-ministers of Italy and Great Britain. The letters spoke in favor of naming the year of 2005 ‘Year of Roerich Pact’. The main purpose was to promote a peaceful dialogue. We got the information that all the addressers had received the letters but the answer came only from Mr. Tommy Blur’s office. It was the letter of interest.

The main conclusions after a study of the public opinion are as follows:

Not doubting the importance of the system of protection of international cultural values we must admit that The Peace Pact is the only agreement which protects the cultural values in time of war and in time of peace. Its importance is wider in comparison with other pacts. Its force as an important cultural orienteer seems to be in its simplicity and availability for a great number of layers. Thus the Peace Pact with adopted Symbol of Banner of Peace may serve as a Protecting Document of the Mankind.

The only counterargument was stated by UNESCO. Thus Roerich’s words “My idea consists in protecting art and scientific values with creating an international impulse for saving all the most precious that created the mankind” should lead to the reviving the Main Cultural International Movement for further promotion of the Pact of Peace which unites the nations with the help of the Symbol of Banner of Peace. And naturally in the vanguard of that movement the museum should be going because it keeps the most precious that the mankind produced and saved.

Representative of the international public movement “For Singing and Usage of the N. Roerich Peace Pact”: Garold Vyacheslavovich Astakhov – coordinator of the movement in Latvia.

Mikus iela 22, Riga, LV-1046, Latvija
Tel.: (+371) 9177509

Museum Address: 188414, Izvara Village, Volosovo District, Leningrad Region, Russia.
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