Unesco extends help to World Heritage sites

Thailand eyes Unesco support

Published on 11 October 2011

Author(s): The Nation

Type:  News

Thailand's Fine Arts Department is prepared to ask for a financial support from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), to save historical sites in Ayutthaya.

Thailand eyes Unesco support

Fine Arts Department director-general Soamsuda Leeyawanich said that she recently received a letter from the Paris-based Unesco headquarters. Unesco stated that it is ready to help save historical sites which are enlisted as the World Heritages.

The application for the emergency funding will be filed soon to the Paris and Bangkok offices of Unesco.

Soamsuda said that she was notified by Unesco that it could immediately approved a fund worth US$75,000 or Bt2.3 million.

A group of marine archeologists are now stationed in Ayutthaya to help flood victims, and could launch an initial inspection of historical sites’ damage soon, she added.

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