The Director-General has decided to send a technical mission to the Old City of Jerusalem in order to assess the situation concerning the work on the access to the al-Haram al-Sharif

On Friday 23 February 2007, the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, announced his decision for sending a technical mission to the Old City of Jerusalem, which is inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List and on the World Heritage in Danger List.

The Director-General declared that “following extensive consultations with all the parties concerned, I have requested a mission to leave as soon as possible, probably early next week.” “This mission will carry out a technical assessment of the works on the access to the al-Haram al-Sharif, and shall report to me upon their return.”

Given the imminent departure of this technical mission, the Director-General detailed that “it will be led by the Director of UNESCO's World Heritage Centre, Francesco Bandarin, and include the Director-General of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), Mounir Bouchenaki; the President of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), Michael Petzet; and Véronique Dauge of the World Heritage Centre.”

"I believe that such a mission constitutes the most appropriate response to the present situation," Mr Matsuura said, "and could also be a means of helping to alleviate tensions and restore a climate of confidence favourable to the dialogue that we all wish for."

  • Author(s):Office of the Spokeswoman
  • Source:Flash Info N°029-2007
  • 23-02-2007
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