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Committee Decisions

28 COM 15A.22

Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley (Afghanistan)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Commends the State Party for its dedication to the safeguarding of this property;

2. Thanks the Governments of Japan, Germany and Switzerland for their generous contributions towards the conservation of this property;

3. Reasserts the need for the international community and various organizations involved in the protection of this property to continue their cooperation and assistance to the Afghan authorities;

4. Requests the State Party, with the assistance of UNESCO and ICOMOS, to develop a comprehensive programme to mitigate the threats facing this property, including the development of a Site Management Plan to shape future strategy for protection of the property's outstanding universal value;

5. Reiterates its concern over the significant and persisting danger posed by antipersonnel mines in various areas of the Bamiyan Valley and supports the request from the Afghan authorities that all cultural projects include funds for
de-mining;

6. Requests the State Party, with assistance from the World Heritage Centre, UNESCO Kabul and the Division of Cultural Heritage, to submit a report on the State of Conservation of this property by 1 February 2005 for examination by the Committee at its 29th session in 2005;

7. Decides to retain the property on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Themes: Conservation
Focal Point: APA
States Parties: Afghanistan
Session: 28COM