Kazakhstan proposes opening historical archives in Central Asia
Kazakhstan, Astana, Sept. 5 / Trend A. Maratov /
Scientists need full access to archival material in order to prevent a distorted history of Central Asia, Chairman of the Kazakhstan National Commission for UNESCO and ISESCO Imangali Tasmagambetov said in Astana at a regional meeting of UNESCO's Central Asian National Commission on Monday.
Given the ethno-cultural community of Central Asian countries, Tasmagambetov called for the maximum use of archival materials with the intent to reconstruct the region's history and prevent its distortion.
The Central Asian countries need to meet modern information technologies to promote cultural and historical regional heritage, he added.
"UNESCO's programs are of an advisory nature in this matter, and funding is supplied through the budget. Thus we need to create mutual requirements for our countries' governments," he said.
Today's regional meeting was the first event uniting representatives of National Commissions in Central Asia to spur a dialogue for discussion of issues pertaining to regional cooperation within the sphere.
The event will adopt recommendations aiming to advance the country and its regional initiatives within the organization.