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Iraq: Un Helps Restore Ancient Citadel In Iraqi 'cradle Of Civilisation'

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By Reuters

ARBIL, IRAQ (JULY 1, 2010) (REUTERS) HOUSES IN DISREPAIR NEAR ARBIL ANCIENT CITADEL SIGN INSIDE CITADEL IN ENGLISH , ARABIC AND KURDISH READING "KURDISTAN REGIONAL GOVERNMENT, ERBIL GOVERNORATE, HIGH COMMISSION FOR ERBIL CITADEL REVITALIZATION, URGENT PREVENTIVE WORK OF TEN HOUSES AT ERBIL CITADEL, CONTRACTOR BARAN COMPANY" VARIOUS OF HOUSES IN DISREPAIR AT CITADEL CLOSE-UP OF ENTRANCE TO ONE OF CITADEL HOUSES OFFICIALS ACCOMPANYING ARBIL GOVERNOR AND UN SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE TOURING CITADEL SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR IRAQ, AD MELKERT, AND KURDISH OFFICIALS TOURING CITADEL ARBIL GOVERNOR, NOZAD HADI, LAYING CORNER STONE FOR RENOVATION PROJECT OF CITADEL PROJECT CORNER STONE (SOUNDBITE) (English) AD MELKERT, SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR IRAQ, SAYING: "We are here as the U.N. and UNESCO that are supporting the government and the town of Arbil and that is really bringing here the expertise from all over the world how to do the restoration, the reconstruction and to build a capacity of the people that in the coming years this can become a marvellous world-class project." OFFICIALS TOURING BUILDINGS OF THE CITADEL INTERIOR OF CITADEL MORE OF INTERIOR OF CITADEL (SOUNDBITE) (English) AD MELKERT, SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR IRAQ, SAYING: "You need to do it step by step. So the first step is maybe one or two years then you will be able to see some houses and also this beautiful museum up and running, which will already be very good for tourists to come and visit and then it will take maybe five, seven, maybe ten years to do the total because it is very big. But you know, at some point, everybody in the world will know that this is going on and it will attract a lot of attention and many visitors." VARIOUS OF BUILDINGS INSIDE CITADEL (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) NOZAD HADI, ARBIL GOVERNOR, SAYING: "In cooperation with the UNESCO, we (the Kurdish government) have allocated 13 million dollars (USD) from Arbil's budget (for the project). The UNESCO has placed Arbil citadel preliminarily in its Wold Heritage List and we hope that by this renovation project, which will take three years and cover a number of items we can put the citadel permanently on the World Heritage List." VARIOUS OF HOUSES INSIDE CITADEL CORDONED OFF FOR RENOVATION EXTERIOR CITADEL PEOPLE SITTING NEXT TO FOUNTAIN OUTSIDE CITADEL
Dateline: 2010

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