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03 June 2005: The Completion of the Restoration Work of the Northern Library of Angkor Wat and The Towers of Prasat Sour Prat & The Inauguration of the Safeguarding of the Bayon Temple of Angkor Thom.

The Northern Library of Angkor Wat and the tower of Sour Prat temple were completly finished of the restoration by the Japanese Government Team for Safeguarding Angkor (JSA). The completion ceremony has taken place at Angkor Wat temple compound under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath NORODOM SIHAMONY, the king of Cambodia, accompanied by H.E Sok An, Deputy Prime Minister and representative of the Prime Minister, H.E ONODERA Itsunori, Parlimentary Secretary for Foreing Affairs of Japan, H.E TAKAHASHI Fumiaki, the Ambassador of Japan, Mr. Etienne CLÉMENT, representative of UNESCO in Cambodia as well as some high ranking officials of Cambodian government.

 

The ceremony was also participated by the officers of APSARA Authority, International Organisations which are working with restoration in Angkor and the local people who live in the sorroundings Angkor.

In this occassion, the king provided two honor medals to Prof.Takeshi NAKAGAWA, the General Director of JSA and Mr. Etienne CLÉMENT, representative of UNESCO in Cambodia. H.E ONODERA Itsunori, Parlimentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Japan announced that as the result, the Government of Japan decided to start a new project for safeguarding the Bayon Temple.

This new project focuses on providing further capacity building to Cambodian experts so as to enable them to conduct restoration works by Cambodian themselves. Finally, the king welcomes with the warmest to the local popualtion as well as visit the librery of the Northern of Angkor Wat and the tower of Sour Prat temple.


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