via Narinjara News, 19 January 2023: The United Nations’ policy of not recognising the current regime is throwing the nomination of Mrauk-U into limbo.
Mrauk-U was founded in AD 1430 by King Min Saw Mon of Rakhine, and ruled by successive Rakhine monarchs for 354 years. Advocates want the ancient Rakhine city of Mrauk-U to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, to ensure long-term preservation of this priceless ancient historical heritage.
In order for Mrauk-U to be included in the World Heritage List, the Mrauk-U Archaeology Department has worked to raise awareness among the local public, and also prepared for presentations of historical recordst to a future field survey .But there has been no further communication from UNESCO, a person who tried to get Mrauk-U on the World Heritage List told Narinjara.
The final proposal to add Mrauk-U to the World Heritage List was submitted to the UNESCO headquarters in France on December 30th, 2021 .However, UNESCO did not respond to whether Myanmar’s request would be acted upon, given the political crisis and ongoing conflict in Rakhine and the whole of Myanmar.