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Thursday, April 16, 2009

World Music Star for World Heritage Site

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Tarkan by the Tigris River
Tarkan gave a press statement by the Tigris River in May 2008
As part of his commitments to Turkish nature conservation society Doğa Derneği, which he had signed up to earlier in 2008, Tarkan is continuing to raise awareness about the building of a dam that could cause the flooding of historical sites to be lost forever and the displacement of the country's minorities.

The Turkish nature society's official site has posted up news today about a meeting between the Turkish pop star and his home nation's Minister for Culture and Tourism, Ertuğrul Günay, in the Turkish capital of Ankara.

Tarkan visited Turkish Minister for Culture and Tourism, Ertuğrul Günay, to stop the damming of the Tigris RiverTarkan in talks with the Turkish Minister for Culture and Tourism
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Tarkan visited Turkish Minister for Culture and Tourism, Ertuğrul Günay, to stop the damming of the Tigris River. (© AA-Dilek Mermer)

© AA-Dilek Mermer© AA-Dilek MermerTarkan in talks with the Turkish Minister for Culture and Tourism, and giving a press conference afterwards
Tarkan in talks with the Turkish Minister for Culture and Tourism, and giving a press conference afterwards. (© AA-Dilek Mermer)

Tarkan has presented the minister with a report that shows the region holds nine of the ten criteria required by UNESCO for it to qualify as a World Heritage Site, with only one of those criteria needed for it to be registered as a region protected for future generations.

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Tarkan meeting with Minister for and Tourism (AA)

"When we realise that the pyramids of Egypt are on the World Sites List with only three of the necessary criteria, then the importance of the region becomes even more clear," Tarkan said at a press conference given after the visit.

"The region has long deserved to be on the list."

Explaining that they had come to visit the minister in an air of goodwill and compromise - with cultural and environmental concerns - Tarkan stressed that their aim was to stop the dam from being built to safeguard the country's natural heritage for future generations.

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Tarkan signing autographs for fans © AA-Dilek Mermer
Tarkan later gave a press conference and met with fans. (© AA-Dilek Mermer)

In a region boasting a ten thousand year history, with the land having been colonised by Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires, Tarkan is hoping to stop the destruction modern development would bring to the surrounding nature and to the people living there.

View more photos of the meeting at Tarkan Visual >>
Conference pictures courtesy of Cumhuriyet and Sabah.

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