20 April 2007

Agreement on restoration of cultural heritage in Kosovo signed

Serbian Press Agency SRNA, Bijeljina, 29-01-2007 13:45:30

PRISTINA, January 29 - UNMIK chief Joachim Ruecker signed an agreement with UNESCO in Paris today on the realization of the first project of restoration and conservation of the cultural heritage in Kosovo, advised UNMIK.

Locations that are included in this project are the church of the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple in Lipljan, the church of St. Sava in Mitrovica, the Hadum Mosque in Djakovica, the church of the Holy Archangel Michael in Stimlje, Budisavci Monastery in Klina, the mosque in Decani and the hammam (Turkish bath) in Mitrovica.

"I welcome the signing of the agreement which will serve as a model for other similar agreements in the future, thus permitting the beginning of preservation of all kinds of heritage in Kosovo," said Ruecker.

The written statement says that the USA have contributed one million dollars for the restoration of these seven locations.

Various donors have committed a total of 10 million dollars at a conference in Paris in 2005 for the renewal and preservation of objects comprising the cultural heritage of Kosovo.