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Parliamentary questions
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11 July 2017
Question for written answer E-004681-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Julie Ward (S&D) , Silvia Costa (S&D)

 Subject:  Stopping damage to cultural heritage site Hasankeyf in Turkey
 Answer in writing 

Hasankeyf is a unique historical site of cultural and natural heritage located along the Tigris river, a cradle of human civilisation, and with a history which spans 12 000 years. Now a predominantly Kurdish and Armenian area, the site is threatened by the construction of the mega Ilisu Dam. If built, the dam will create a social, cultural and ecological disaster in the region. To make way for the dam, several ancient monuments will have to be relocated and may be damaged in the process, with some major artefacts having already suffered this fate.

The Dutch company Bresser and the Turkish company Er-Bu, together with the Turkish authorities, intend to relocate significant monuments. Their relocation would be an unforgivable act of cultural heritage destruction and a violation of the human rights of the local people.

Will the Commission make a public statement against the relocation and destruction in Hasankeyf, and convey to the Turkish authorities that they must refrain from damaging the site and stop the relocation?

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