Croatia and UNESCO have excellent bilateral relations and all the places that Croatia requested UNESCO to put on its world heritage list were listed, Croatian President Stjepan Mesić said in Paris on Monday.
After talking to UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura at the start of his two-day working visit to France, President Mesić praised cooperation Croatia has with the organisation that today has 193 members.
Croatian President said that in the context of drawing closer to the European Union it would be good to inform the public of what was Croatia bringing into Europe when it comes to culture. There are six locations in Croatia included in the UNESCO world heritage list: City of Dubrovnik, the historical part of Split with the Diocletian's Palace, the Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč, the St Jacob's Cathedral in Šibenik, the Historical part of Trogir and the Plitvice Lakes.
Mr. Matsuura also praised cooperation with Croatia, saying that the country ratified many conventions that are aimed at preserving material and non-material goods, as well as the sea bed. The UNESCO Director-General expressed determination to continue to strengthen bilateral and regional cooperation.
Later today, President Mesić is scheduled to give a talk in the International Relations Institute in Paris about the future of Croatia and the Balkans. Tomorrow he is expected to hold talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner.