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Indonesia hosts Asia, Europe culture ministerial meeting


08:30, September 18, 2012

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian historic city of Yogyakarta hosted the fifth meeting of Asian and European cultural ministries on Monday, aimed at improving cooperation and sharing experiences in preserving world heritage sites.

The three-day Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) was attended by 120 delegates from 38 countries with a theme "Managing Heritage Cities for a Sustainable Future."

"We expected that the meeting would be resulted in creating best formulation and solution as a policy umbrella in managing heritage cities in both regions," Windu Nuryanti, Indonesian vice minister of culture, said in her opening speech.

She said the appointment of Yogyakarta to host the fifth ASEM was endorsed by delegates at the 4th meeting in Poznan, Poland in September 2010.

Reasons behind the appointment of Yogyakarta to host the meeting was based on its capability in preserving its historical sites amid the ongoing economic crisis and natural disasters.

"Yogyakarta is also a special culture city as it is surrounded by heritage sites and those recognized by UNESCO as world heritage goods," she said, referring to the largest Buddhist temple of Borobudur and Batik fabric awarded as world's intangible heritage of humanity in 2009.

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