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Imangali Tasmagambetov held a retreat on preservation of Talhiz medieval settlement

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It should be reminded that the settlement has received international status in 2014, norms and rules of the international treaty – the Convention of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, ratified by Kazakhstan in 1994, are applied concerning its use, protection, preservation and management.

According to Deputy Prime Minister, the ratification of the convention entrusted certain responsibilities and obligations to ensure the legal, scientific, technical, administrative and financial measures for the identification, protection, conservation, presentation and rehabilitation of this heritage. However, to implement the above mission in Talgar district, lack of coordination between government agencies led to the organizational and technical conflicts that might exclude the settlement from the World Heritage List.

“In this regard, it is necessary not only to take concrete measures to remain in the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage, but also to create a solid foundation for a deep archaeological study. The scientific research and development should be carried out in order to have concrete results for the further development of practical actions,” I. Tasmagambetov said.

Following the results of the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister took decision and gave the following specific instructions:

– To cease any construction works on the territory of Talgar settlement (Talhiz);

– Mayor’s office in Almaty region to design and implement the construction of a new bypass road outside the protection zone;

– To restore the terrain, in particular, to cover the “pit” with the earth, excavated for roadway pavement;

– To install fence around the perimeter of the protected area, as well as to provide comprehensive security of the building, including the soil water, by determining the drainage – ditch outside of the monument;

– Mayor’s Office to allocate from the regional budget funds for further archaeological research;

– Ministry of Culture and Sports in cooperation with the National Commission for UNESCO and ISESCO affairs of Kazakhstan to develop proposals for changes in the legislation in order to ensure adequate planning and effective management on the historical and cultural heritage.

It is worth noting that in November, I. Tasmagambetov will hold talks with Director General of UNESCO Irina Bokova on the implementation of measures by the relevant state bodies of Kazakhstan to resolve the situation.

For reference:

Talhiz is one of the 33 medieval settlements of the Great Silk Road, located on the territory of modern Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and China. In 2014, Talhiz was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage.

Source: The Prime Minister of Kazakhstan

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