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[Published: Friday June 29 2012]

 Timbuktu added to list of World Heritage in danger

New York, 29 Jun – (ANA) - The World Heritage Committee has accepted a request from the Government of  Mali to place Timbuktu and the Tomb of Askia on the List of World Heritage in Danger. “The decision aims to raise cooperation and support for the sites threatened by the armed conflict in the region,” according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The Committee has also asked Mali’s neighbours to do all in their power to prevent the trafficking in cultural objects from the sites. The 21 members of the World Heritage Committee urged the African Union and the international community to do everything possible to help protect Timbuktu, inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage in 1988, and the Tomb of Askia, inscribed in 2004. (ANA)

FA/ANA/29 June 2012-----------------


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