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The Director-General inaugurates an exhibition marking the 2750th anniversary of the foundation of Samarkand and the 2000th anniversary of the foundation of Margilan in Uzbekistan

The Director-General inaugurates an exhibition marking the 2750th anniversary of the foundation of Samarkand and the 2000th anniversary of the foundation of Margilan in Uzbekistan
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On 23 May 2007, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, opened, together with Mr Rustam Kurbanov, Minister of Cultural and Sports Affairs of Uzbekistan, and Ambassador Ravshanbek Alimov, Permanent Delegate of Uzbekistan to UNESCO, an exhibition marking the 2750th anniversary of the foundation of Samarkand and the 2000th anniversary of the foundation of Margilan, anniversaries with which UNESCO was associated in 2006-2007.

The Uzbek authorities had organized this exhibition along with an international conference devoted to the role of these two of the world’s most ancient cities in the history of world civilization.

In his remarks at the opening ceremony of the exhibition, the Director-General highlighted UNESCO’s cooperation with the Central Asian region - one of humanity’s oldest cultural crossroads - referring in particular to such landmark initiatives as the “Great Silk Roads” project; the foundation of the International Institute for Central Asian Studies in Samarkand; and the publication of the six-volume “History of Civilizations of Central Asia” series.

Mr Matsuura expressed his delight at the opportunity the exhibit provided to discover Uzbekistan’s diverse cultural heritage, which he himself had witnessed most recently during his second official visit to the country in September 2006.

“Through our various joint efforts in the field of culture, Uzbekistan and UNESCO have taken a lead role in advancing two priority objectives: promoting cultural diversity and encouraging intercultural dialogue. In pursuing these goals, we hope to ensure that Central Asia will retain its historic role as a hub of exchange and dialogue for the sake of peace, not only in the region, but throughout the world,” concluded Mr Matsuura.

Earlier the same day, the Director-General had a bilateral meeting with Minister Kurbanov to discuss the rich bilateral cooperation between Uzbekistan and UNESCO in the field of culture and sports.

The Minister expressed his authorities’ appreciation at the role of the UNESCO Office in Tashkent in promoting cooperation, and reassured the Director-General of his country’s full support for the new Director of the Office, with whom they had already defined areas of future collaboration.

  • Auteur(s):La Porte-parole
  • Source:Flash Info N° 070-2007
  • 25-05-2007
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