Ukraine is to fulfill the recommendations of the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) so as to prevent the national reserves of Sofia Kyivska and Kyiv Pechersk Lavra being put on the List of World Heritage Sites in Danger, First Deputy Head of the State Service for Cultural Heritage Yakiv Dikhtiar has said.

"There are several clauses in a resolution [of the 34th session UNESCO committee] that the international community has laid down. And the country is to fulfill these clauses, and by February 1 to submit information on the state of Sofia and Lavra," Dikhtiar said, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

Dikhtiar said that according to the recommendations, Ukraine is to bring its normative and legal basis in line with international standards, limit constructions that could threaten the visual perception of Sofia Kyivska and Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, as well as alter documentation on the area around Sophia Kyivska.

As reported, head of the information policy department at the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine Oleh Voloshyn reported that Ukraine achieved confirmation of the status of a national reserves of Sofia Kyivska and Kyiv Pechersk Lavra as sites of global cultural heritage.

UNESCO considered putting the national reserves of Sofia Kyivska and Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, which are on the global cultural heritage list, onto the List of World Heritage Sites in Danger. The organization planned to do this due to the constructions that are being built on the territory of protected area, and the irresponsibility of Kyiv officials.

The 34th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee was held in Brasilia (Brazil) July through August 3, 2010.

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