Sunday, September 18, 2011

More re UNESCO assistance for Egypt

Ahram Online (Nevine El-Aref)

During a meeting held yesterday at the Supreme Council of Antiquities’ (SCA) offices, the director of UNESCO’s cultural department Tamara Twinasky announced UNESCO’s full collaboration with the SCA to restore and preserve Egypt’s archaeological sites, which were listed on the UNESCO’S World Heritage List in 1979.

Mohamed Abdel Fatah, the secretary-general of the SCA, told Ahram Online that Twinasky pledged UNESCO’s full support to continue restoration and development work now carried out at the Memphis Necropolis (the Giza plateau, Abusir, Dahshur and Saqqara) especially at Dahshur and Saqqara which was meant to be completed earlier this year.


UNESCO will cooperate with Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) to maintain Egyptian archaeological sites listed on the World Heritage List.

Mohamed Abdel Fattah, the Secretary General of the SCA, met yesterday with Tarek Shawky, director of UNESCO’s regional office in Egypt; Tamara Twinasky, director of UNESCO’s cultural department; and Gehan Zaki, the General Coordinator between the organization and the SCA.

Abdel Fattah said UNESCO has expressed its readiness to cooperate with the SCA in many areas. They discussed the work underway at Dahshur, which is supposed to be finished by the beginning of next year. They also discussed the program of cooperation and the sites that have been on the World Heritage List since 1979.

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