FRENCH POLYNESIA SEEKS WORLD HERITAGE LISTING

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PAPEETE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, Jan. 20) – Inspired by a request from the Marquesas Islands, the Temaru government plans to meet with [United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization] UNESCO officials in Paris later this month to seek the inclusion of other cultural sites in French Polynesia on the United Nations organization's list of World Heritage Properties.

The Temaru government's minister of youth, culture and patrimony, Tahuiti Nena and the minister of the development of the archipelagoes, Louis Frébault, are scheduled to make a presentation before officials of UNESCO during a Paris visit that begins on January 21.

A delegation of Marquesas Islands elected officials met with Frébault on December 12, requesting the government's support for the protection of Marquesan cultural heritage by including its cultural sites on the UNESCO list, according to a government communiqué.

The government decided that including the Marquesan sites on the list would serve as an example for possibly including other cultural sites from French Polynesia's four other archipelagos on the UNESCO list, according to the communiqué.

January 24, 2006

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