Baby­lon Fights for UNESCO Reg­is­tra­tion

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Helin Has­san

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.

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