Monday, July 18, 2005

Ethiopia's Walled City to Be Registered in World Heritage List

People's Daily Online -- Ethiopia said Monday agreement has been reached in principle to register the walled city of Harar in the World Heritage List during the World Heritage Committee meeting held in the South African city of Durban.

Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Teshome Toga told journalists that the committee has reached consensus in principle to register Harar, known as Jegol, in the World Heritage List due to its outstanding universal value.

Teshome led an Ethiopian delegation to attended the Durban meeting held from July 10-17.

The World Heritage Committee requested to be supplied with a master plan for protection and conservation until February 2006 in order to register Jegol city in the World Heritage List, he said.

The World Heritage Committee meeting dwelt and passed decisions on endangered world heritages, heritage protection and conservation and new heritages proposed for registration, said the Ethiopian minister.

The committee has also deliberated on heritages of Ethiopia that had been included in the World Heritage List.

Teshome said the Ethiopian delegation briefed the efforts in progress to restore the Simien national park, which has already been in the list of world heritage in danger.

According to Teshome, the on-going efforts by the government and the World Bank concerning the protection and conservation of the Axum heritages have also earned appreciation at the meeting.

The committee also expressed desire to assist in the efforts being exerted by the governments of Ethiopia and Italy as well as UNESCO to re-erect the Axum obelisk, which returned home from Rome in April, he said.

He added that the three parties have reached agreement to hold a meeting at the UNESCO headquarters of Paris in order to speed up the re-erection of the obelisk.

Teshome said the World Heritage Committee also passed a decision to establish the African World Heritage Fund, adding that the decision would be approved at the meeting of African ministers of culture due to be held in October in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

The Governor of Harar, Ras Mekonen, (father of Haile Selassie) (1852-1906)

Date: c. August 1902.
Occasion: Visit to England for the Coronation of King Edward VII; appointment as a Knight Commander of 'The Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael & St. George' (K.C.M.G.), 12 August 1902.
Location: The Lafayette Studio, 179 New Bond Street, London.
Descr: FL.
Costume: Lion's hair head-dress; velvet shoulder-cloak (lempd), decorated with gold emboidery; silk shirt; belt or cummerbund of silk; closely fitting jodphur-like white cotton trousers.
Costume Supplier: Cloak and shirt probably made by Serouphi Ebeyan, dress-maker to the Ethiopian Court.
Weapons: Curved Ethiopian sword in leather scabbard; (Rifle) probably Lee Speed .303 bolt action rifle (known variously in Amharic as dimoftär, dimotfär, or dimetfor).
Furniture & Props: Painted backdrop.
Source: lafayette.150m.com

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