Sunday, June 05, 2005

EU heeds the call for Allianoi

The efforts of volunteers and environmentalists to save the 1,800-year-old ancient city of Allianoi, which will be flooded in November by Yortanlı Dam, still under construction, received support from the European Union Parliament Culture Commission, which has decided to financially support a project to save the ancient city.

The idea of a project to save Allianoi came up during a visit the Union of Midilli Municipalities paid to Allianoi. Bergama Mayor Raşit Ürper and Dikili Mayor Osman Özgüven unveiled a project to save Allianoi at a meeting titled “EU Projects.” Greek EU parliamentarians Beglitis Panayotis and Sifounakis Nikos also offered the idea of the project for the commission to consider. The commission decided to support the project under an extension of the Culture 2000 Program. The commission released a statement saying that if a workable project to save Allianoi were presented, they would financially support it. The commission also stressed the importance of cultural heritage in its statement and said Turkey could realize a project to save the ancient city before it is flooded in November.

Read the rest of the article on Turkish Daily News

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