The UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Quebec yesterday (3 July) decided to keep the Dresden Elbe Valley on the List of World Heritage in Danger. The Committee will consider the Dresden Elbe Valley's status again in a year's time.
The Minister of State for Europe, Günter Gloser, made the following comments on the decision:
"I welcome the World Heritage Committee's decision not to delete the Dresden Elbe Valley from the World Heritage List. This is also testimony to the great value the World Heritage Committee attaches to cooperation with Germany.
What is important is that a further year's grace has been given in which to try to achieve consensus between the protective ideals of the World Heritage Convention and the will of the people of Dresden. The Federal Foreign Office remains prepared to help the City of Dresden in the search for that consensus."
The Dresden Elbe Valley was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee put it on the so-called Red List of endangered sites in 2006 because of plans to build a bridge over the Elbe.