ICC-Angkor says temple conservation work has not stopped despite COVID-19

The International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of the Historic Site of Angkor (CIC-Angkor) said conservation work at the temples has continued despite the pandemic.

ICC-Angkor held its 35th technical meeting on the morning of March 24 in Siem Reap under the chairmanship of Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Dr Phoeurng Sackona, Minister of Tourism Thong Khon and UNESCO representative, Sardar Umar Alam.

Christophe Gigaudaut, Counselor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs, Embassy of France in Cambodia and Co-President of CIC-Angkor, expressed his pleasure to be able to meet in person after a two-year absence due to Covid-19. Gigaudaut asserted that despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the efforts to preserve the temples and instead the dwindling work of the CIC-Angkor have achieved many results.

UNESCO representative Sardar commended the Ministry of Culture for organizing the meeting. On behalf of UNESCO, he congratulated the APSARA Authority for its achievements despite the Covid-19. He stressed that cultural heritage plays a very important role in contributing to sustainable development in the social and economic sectors.

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