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05.02.2016


Sukhum, 15.00

President Raul Khadzhimba held a work meeting on the question of preserving the objects of historical and cultural heritage.

The Head of the Administration of the President Astamur Tania, Adviser to the President on culture, science and education Vladimir Zantaria, Minister for Culture and the Preservation of Historical and Cultural Heritage Elvira Arsalia and her deputy Batal Kobakhia, heads of administrations of cities and districts and representatives of the General Prosecutor’s Office also participated in the meeting.

Once again, the President strongly condemned the illegal demolition of a historical and architectural monument in the city of Gudauta, which took place in January. “We cannot allow cultural monuments to be destroyed. The heads of regional administrations will be held responsible. You must not allow such incidents”, - said the Head of State.

Raul Khadzhimba agreed with the suggestions of the Ministry of Culture and the Preservation of Historical and Cultural Heritage to strengthen the measures of responsibility for the individuals who committed illegal acts in relation to the objects of historical and cultural heritage. “Everyone will be responsible. The measures of accountability should become stricter to include criminal penalties as well. We want our cultural heritage to reach future generations”, - added the President. 

Batal Kobakhia stressed the high significance of the State list of the objects of historical and cultural heritage of the Republic of Abkhazia, which was approved by the President in December 2015. “For the first time, the State list has been approved and the State target program ‘The inventory checking of immovable objects of historical and cultural heritage located on the territory of the Republic of Abkhazia for the years of 2016-2018’ has been launched. The program includes measures that deal with the duties of the heads of districts and cities. We strongly encourage them to use their authority to protect the monuments of historical and cultural heritage. Local authorities are responsible for the preservation of the monuments, while the Ministry’s role is to supervise”, - said Batal Kobakhia.

The President instructed the heads of administrations of cities and districts, as well as the Ministry of Culture and the Preservation of Historical and Cultural Heritage to reorganise the regional and city departments of culture, employing a specialist on the questions of preserving historical and cultural heritage. The Ministry is also tasked with developing provisions for regional and city departments of culture and the preservation of historical and cultural heritage and preparing the job descriptions for the specialists. 

Elvira Arsalia remarked that it is necessary to create a single coordinated incident warning system. “The office of the recorder of deeds should notify the owners that they own a monument of historical and cultural heritage”, - remarked the Minister. 

The Heads of the Ministry addressed the heads of administrations of cities and districts with a request to bear the cost for producing and placing the plates on the objects of historical and cultural heritage.

Raul Khadzhimba instructed the General Prosecutor’s Office to report on the progress of the investigation on the current prosecution cases. “The heads of administrations will have a personal responsibility for the preservation of the objects of historical and cultural heritage”, - remarked the President.



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