Cultural Grant Aid to Mongolia
August 10, 2006
- The Government of Japan has decided to extend to the Government of Mongolia a cultural grant aid totaling up to 297 million yen for the Project for the Construction of the Kharakhorum Museum. Notes to this effect were exchanged on July 18 (Tue) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, between Mr. Yasuyoshi Ichihashi, Japanese Ambassador to Mongolia, and Mr. Nyamaa Enkhbold, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mongolia. Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, who is visiting Mongolia on August 10 (Thu), handed Prime Minister Miyeegombyn Enkhbold a model of the Kharakhorum Museum to be constructed.
- Kharakhorum, located 350 km southwest of the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, was once the capital of the Mongolian Empire. Using the UNESCO Japanese Trust Fund, Mongolia and Japan conducted a joint survey of Kharakhorum from 1995 to 1998 and the ancient city was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. As there are no facilities to house and preserve the excavated articles, it is feared that precious relics will be deteriorated or damaged. It is therefore urgently needed to establish a base for the preservation, investigation and exhibition of the relics.
In such a situation, the Government of Mongolia has requested from the Government of Japan a cultural grant aid to provide funds necessary for the construction of a museum in Kharakhorum.
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