Er­bil Ci­tadel is not re­jected as a world her­itage site

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

High Com­mis­sion for Er­bil Ci­tadel Re­vi­tal­iza­tion (HCECR) re­futes the re­ports say­ing that the In­ter­na­tional Coun­cil on Mon­u­ments and Sites ICO­MOS has re­port­edly re­jected to add Er­bil Ci­tadel to the list of the world her­itage sites due to some is­sues.

HCECR is­sued a state­ment in this re­gard which reads: “First of all we should know that ICO­MOS is not the de­ci­sion maker in this is­sue, but it rather is an in­de­pen­dent ad­vi­sory coun­cil for the UNESCO World Her­itage Cen­ter ( UNESCOWHC), and any de­ci­sion to add Er­bil Ci­tadel to the list of World Her­itage Sites shall be made by the WHC rather than ICO­MOS.”

The state­ment men­tions that rep­re­sen­ta­tives from ECOMOS vis­ited Er­bil to mon­i­tor and eval­u­ate the re­vi­tal­iza­tion ac­tivi- ties and pre­pared a re­port about their ob­ser­va­tions in which they have men­tioned some is­sues and con­cerns that should be con­sid­ered by the HCECR and other rel­e­vant in­sti­tu­tions in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment to meet the re­quire­ments of the WHC.

Ac­cord­ing to HCECR, there may not be a chance to have this de­ci­sion taken by WHC in their next sum­mit, which is planned for June, and it may well be post­poned for a next sum­mit.

“It is worth men­tion­ing that ICO­MOS talks pos­i­tively about the per­for­mance of HCECR in their re­ports and also men­tioned the con­tin­u­ous sup­port of the KRG, and for that pur­pose has re­quested the KRG and HCECR to co­or­di­nate and con­cen­trate their ef­forts in this re­gard.”

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