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Committee Decisions

28 COM 15A.19

Bahla Fort (Oman)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Recalling its Decision 27 COM 7A.19 to consider the possible removal of the property from the World Heritage List in Danger at its 28th session having taken into account all ICOMOS recommendations and whether or not the management plan is completed and adopted by the Oman authorities,

2. Noting with satisfaction the considerable progress made by the State Party in the preparation of a Management Plan for the property, which appears now to be near completion,

3. Expresses its strong appreciation to the State Party for the difficult decisions made with regard to the suspension of the project for the new market, notwithstanding the legitimate expectations of the local community;

4. Considering that the State Party has shown a firm commitment and taken positive financial and administrative steps towards implementating the conservation measures requested by the Committee,

5. Invites the State Party to review the project for the new market taking into consideration the criteria suggested by the World Heritage Centre and CRATerre, and to ensure that it is compatible with the principles and objectives of the Management Plan under elaboration;

6. Requests the State Party to pursue its efforts towards the finalisation and adoption of the Management Plan, taking into account the recommendations of the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS and to report on this by 1 February 2005 for consideration by the Committee at its 29th session in 2005;

7. Decides to remove the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Themes: Conservation
Focal Point: ARB
States Parties: Oman
Properties: Bahla Fort
Session: 28COM