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Decision 29 COM 7A.28
Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower (Azerbaijan)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined the Document WHC-05/29.COM/7A,

2. Recalling its Decision 28 COM 15A.29, adopted at its 28th session (Suzhou, 2004),

3. Takes note of the outcome of the Round Table and the change of the body responsible for the administration and management of the World Heritage property;

4. Encourages the State Party of Azerbaijan to foster coordination amongst all stakeholders and notably between the national and municipal authorities;

5. Regrets that the State Party did not provide a state of conservation report by 1 February 2005 as requested;

6. Requests the State Party to compile existing information and establish an inventory of all monuments, buildings and their infrastructures indicating the physical conditions as well as the rehabilitation methodologies within the property;

7. Strongly urges the State Party to elaborate a comprehensive management plan to address conservation issues, development control and tourism management in order to ensure the future preservation of the property;

8. Further encourages the State Party to continue to work in close collaboration with the World Heritage Centre, the Advisory Bodies and other stakeholders, in particular for the purpose of implementing the activities outlined in the action plan;

9. Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2006, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property, for examination by the Committee at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006);

10. Decides to retain the Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower (Azerbaijan) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Decisions of the 29th session of the world heritage comittee (Durban, 2005)
Context of Decision