Thursday, February 15, 2007

Egypt dismisses UNESCO warning against its relics

"Egypt's Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni here Thursday dismissed as baseless reports that the UNESCO had warned to strike off some Egyptian monuments from world heritage.Hosni told Egypt's state-run Middle East News Agency (MENA) that the Egyptian prime minister had decided to regard archaeological sites in Thebes and Menf areas as 'archaeological reserves' for world human civilization heritage, pointing to great cooperation with the UNESCO in this context.Echoing Hosni's remarks, Zahi Hawwas, secretary-general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), said there was complete cooperation between his council and the UNESCO in the archaeological domain.He denied that the UNESCO might have warned to remove some Egyptian monuments from the global heritage list, noting that the SCA and the Ministry of Culture were taking all necessary arrangements to safeguard Egypt's archaeological sites."
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