A round of institutional meetings took place in Georgia with the recently elected relevant National and Local Georgian Authorities during a project coordination mission conducted within the framework of the EU CIUDAD War free World Heritage Listed Cities project. The purpose of the meetings was to review the level of project implementation so far reached and the priorities set during the coming months.
A verification was also conducted of the inputs still needed for the completion of a draft dossier to apply for the Enhanced Protection of the Historical Monuments of Mtskheta which are inscribed in the World Heritage Lis tat the Secretariat at UNESCO of the 1999 Hague Protocol Committee. Enhanced protection is granted provided that the criteria stipulated within the Second Protocol to the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Properties in the Event of Armed Conflicts are met.
All the authorities met have manifested great interest for the project with a positive endorsement of its vision and its very concrete objectives. Their intention to continue and to eventually increase the level of international cooperation established within the project framework was also confirmed at the meetings. An important sign of institutional responsibility towards an agenda of national relevance that sets promising basis for the positive completion of the project in this country.
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