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Committee Decisions

31 COM 7A.17

Ashur (Qal’at Sherqat) (Iraq) (C 1130)

  The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC-07/31.COM/7A,
  2.  Recalling Decision 30 COM 7A.20 adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006),
  3. Notes with great concern the deterioration of the situation in Iraq and deplores the loss of human lives;
  4.  Requests the international community, the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies to continue their efforts in assisting the responsible Iraqi authorities in the protection of the natural and cultural heritage in the country;
  5. Also requests the State Party, in consultation with the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS, to develop a draft Statement of Outstanding Universal Value including the conditions of integrity and authenticity, for examination by the Committee at its 32nd session in 2008;
  6. Also requests the State Party, in consultation with the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS, to develop a draft statement of the desired state of conservation for the property based on its Outstanding Universal Value;
  7. Further requests the State Party, should the situation allow it, to establish an on-site management unit and to initiate the preparation of a Conservation and Management Plan for the property, and to present a report to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2008 for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 32nd session in 2008;
  8. Decides to retain Ashur (Qal'at Sherqat) (Iraq) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Iraq
Session: 31COM