UNESCO adds 9 more properties into World Heritage List

09:22, June 28, 2011      

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UNESCO's World Heritage committee approved Monday nine more properties into the List of World Heritage with some remaining sites to be considered on Tuesday.

The nine sites being inscribed on the list through the day are scattered in Africa, Europe and Asia.

There are four sites situated in Asia: the Ancient villages of Northern Syria (Syrian Arab Republic), the Cultural Sites of Al Ain (United Arab Emirates), the Persian Garden (Iran), and Citadel of the Ho Dynasty (Vietnam).

Three of them locates in Europe: the Cultural Landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana (Spain), Pile Dwellings around the Alps ( Switzerland, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia) and Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex (Turkey); and two others are in Africa: Konso Cultural Landscape (Ethiopia), and Fort Jesus in Mombasa (Kenya).

Including Monday's inscription, the 35th session of World Heritage Committee has so far added 22 sites into the list since the session started on June 19.

According to a UNESCO official familiar with the assessing process on the condition of anonymity, debates over the qualification of those nominated sites are fierce and marked by Thai delegation's quit from the World Heritage Committee.

The Thai delegation has announced their drop of representation on June 25 due to sovereignty disputes with Cambodia over Preah Vihear Temple, which was enrolled on World Heritage List in 2008.

In a statement issued on Monday, UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova expressed her regret at Thai government's decision.

A total of 35 nominations, including natural, cultural and mixed properties are being reviewed by the committee, which is holding its 35th session at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

Source: Xinhua
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