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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Afghan province named as UNESCO historical site

The United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced the addition of several locations in Afghanistan to its World Heritage List of historical sites, RFE/RL reported on Monday.

New historical sites include ancient Herat city, which houses many historic relics.

Decades of instability have ravaged many culturally important locations, despite UNESCO’s attempts at preservation. The Afghan interim government in 2002 delivered a mandate for cultural preservation, leading UNESCO to develop the International Coordination Committee for the Safeguarding of Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage.

The safeguarding of cultural sites has been nearly impossible over the course of the past 30 years because of near-constant conflict.

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