Babylon Fights for UNESCO Registration
The ancient city of Babylon is currently seeking registration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
However, UNESCO are wavering over their decision to list Babylon in their list of the world's most ancient cities. In contrast, the Erbil Citadel has already been confirmed a place in the near future. Some believe that Babylon’s failure to be nominated is due to certain individu- als interfering.
"There has been a certain amount of hindrance from the Iraqi Ministry for Tourism & Antiquities, which has put pressure on Jeff Allen, the head of the committee, to restore Babylon. We are reliably informed that the Minister of Tourism & Antiquities is attempting to create obstacles so Babylon is not registered with UNESCO," Ali Farhan, the head of the Antiquities and Heritage Committee, told Bas News.
The announcement putting Erbil's Citadel on the UNESCO list will be made in a couple of months. However, the Babylon issue still remains unanswered. With enough determination and will, Babylon will hopefully be able to overcome individual interference in the near future.