via Development Media Group, 04 August 2023: UNESCO experts have yet to visit Mrauk-U for a field inspection, despite expectations, as part of the process to designate the ancient Arakanese city as a World Heritage Site, amid uncertainties possibly related to the current political situation.
“Experts are yet to make the field visit. I don’t know the reason,” said U Nyo Myint Tun, deputy director of the Department of Archaeology and National Museum. “It is not clear if it is because of the current political situation.”
The ICOMOS, which is one of the formal advisory bodies to UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, will compare the proposal with the situation on the ground. The ICOMOS will thereafter provide the World Heritage Committee with input to determine whether the ancient city should be inscribed on the World Heritage List.
The Mrauk-U branch of the Department of Archaeology and National Museum has readied the site for inspection by UNESCO experts, said department official U Maung Hsan Win.