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Decision 34 COM 7A.18
Ashur (Qal'at Sherqat) (Iraq) (C 1130)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-10/34.COM/7A,

2. Recalling Decision 33 COM 7A.16, adopted at its 33rd session (Seville, 2009),

3. Commends the State Party for its efforts to protect the eastern part of the property from the rising waters of the Tigris River and recommends that the works be undertaken as soon as possible;

4. Requests the State Party to carry out necessary maintenance and conservation activities to avoid further damage;

5. Encourages the State Party, should the situation allow, to implement the corrective measures previously identified:

a) Relocation or cancellation of the dam project;

b) Protective measures against seepage;

c) Preparation and implementation of a conservation and management plan;

d) Protection and consolidation of fragile mud brick structures;

6. Also encourages the State Party to submit an International Assistance Request for the conservation of the property;

7. Reiterates its request to the State Party to develop, in consultation with the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies, a proposal for the Desired State of Conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger, and to finalize the Statement of Outstanding Universal Value for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session in 2011, as well as to provide a detailed map of the boundaries of the property;

8. Calls upon the international community to assist, in every way possible, the State Party in the protection of this property;

9. Also requests the State Party, should the conditions allow it, to invite a joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission to Ashur to assess the state of conservation of the property;

10. Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2011, an updated report for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session in 2011;

11. Decides to retain Ashur (Qal'at Sherqat) (Iraq) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Decision Code
34 COM 7A.18
Conservation, List of World Heritage in Danger
States Parties 1
Properties 1
State of conservation reports
2010 Ashur (Qal'at Sherqat)
Report of the Decisions Adopted By the world heritage committee At its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010)
Context of Decision