The World Heritage Committee,
1. Inscribes the Tomb of Askia, Mali, on the World Heritage List on the basis of cultural criteria (ii), (iii), and (iv):
Criterion (ii): The Tomb of Askia reflects the way local building traditions in response to Islamic needs absorbed influences from North Africa to create a unique architectural style across the West African Sahel.
Criterion (iii): The Tomb of Askia is an important vestige of the Empire of Songhai, which once dominated the Sahel lands of West Africa and controlled the lucrative trans- Saharan trade.
Criterion (iv): The Tomb of Askia reflects the distinctive architectural tradition of the West African Sahel and in particular exemplifies the way buildings evolve over centuries through regular, traditional, maintenance practices.