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Haiti - Culture : UNESCO will assist on the supposed wreck of Santa Maria
24/06/2014 13:03:27

Haiti - Culture : UNESCO will assist on the supposed wreck of Santa Maria
UNESCO will provide the technical assistance requested by the government of Haiti and send a mission to the site of the wreck, which may be that of the Santa Maria of Christopher Columbus http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-11254-haiti-culture-the-possible-discovery-of-the-wreck-of-santa-maria-under-surveillance.html

In a letter dated 12 June, Haitian Culture Minister Monique Rocourt asked for the support of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Body of UNESCO’s 2001 Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage, requesting that a mission of experts be sent to the site.

UNESCO will send a mission in the coming months to examine the wreck located off the town of Cap-Haïtien, in the north of the country.

Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, expressed concern about the risk "of looting of underwater heritage sites off the shores of Haiti. We stand by the authorities in fighting illicit trafficking in underwater cultural heritage objects and urge States to join Haiti’s efforts to find artefacts stolen from these underwater archaeological sites, notably the one that will visited by UNESCO’s mission."

UNESCO’s Underwater Heritage Convention, adopted 2001, aims to ensure the safeguarding of underwater heritage and support research and international cooperation in this field. The States that have ratified it (48 to date, including Haiti), undertake to preserve this heritage, prevent commercial exploitation of sites and fight the illicit trafficking in stolen artefacts.

The Scientific and Technical Advisory Body of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage is composed of 12 internationally recognized experts who are elected during the meeting of States Parties to the 2001 Convention.

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