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Silk Road included into World Heritage: Kazakhstan to ensure protection of cultural site

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Kazakh representative to the UNESCO Executive Council Asel Utegenova pledged that Kazakhstan would ensure necessary protection of monuments included into the World Heritage, Tengrinews reports citing Novosti-Kazakhstan.

Utegenova represented Kazakhstan at the 38th session of the UNESCO committee in Doha on June 22. During the session, four new sections of the Silk Road were included into the World Heritage. The Initial Section of the Silk Road and the Routes Network of Tian-Shan Corridor (Kyrgyzstan, China and Kazakhstan) are now part of the World Heritage. The total length of the road network is 5 thousand kilometers. This section of the Silk Road was formed between 2 century BC and 1 century AD and was used till the 16th century. The ancient road connected civilizations and facilitated exchange in trade, religion, science, technological innovations, cultural traditions and art.

“We are determined to ensure security, help popularize Kazakhstani monuments included into the World Heritage and develop the concept of the Silk Road through various UNESCO programs and projects,” Utegenova said.

Overall, there were 33 sites proposed for inclusion into the World Heritage ranging from capital cities, palaces and trade settlements to Buddhist temples, tombs, religious buildings and many others.

Namhansanseong (Republic of Korea), The Grand Canal (China), Rani-ki-Vav (The Queen’s Stepwell) at Patan and Gujarat (India) were included into the World Heritage as well. Now the World Heritage list has 992 sites.

By Gyuzel Kamalova

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