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Pitons’ Inscription Ceremony takes place February 14

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Monday, January 10, 2005 - The entire St. Lucian community is being urged to support the upcoming Inscription ceremony that will officially recognize the Pitons Management Area as a World Heritage Site. The event, which will be staged at the Soufriere Waterfront on February 14th, is being organized by the St. Lucia National Trust.

According to the Secretary of the St. Lucia World Heritage Committee, Mr. Darnley Laborne, a plan and budget has been approved by Cabinet for this historical occasion.

In terms of who will be present, Mr. Laborne said, “I think everybody needs to literally ask themselves what I can contribute towards the success of this thing. This is going to be a time when we will have the world before us; the international press will be here, the Director General of UNESCO, who is Japanese will be present as well. Of course, the Prime Minister and the Governor-General will be there, and we have received confirmation from Hon. Derek Walcott that he will not only be attending but he will be doing some of his poems. We are expecting thousands of St. Lucians to make it down to Soufriere to be part of this historical occasion and to demonstrate to the world that we cherish and appreciate World Heritage designations”.

The Pitons Management Area received World Heritage Status in June 2004, at the 28th Session of the World Heritage Committee held in China. The area comprises 11 square miles of land on the south-west of St. Lucia, and includes the Pitons, Sulphur Springs and the Soufriere Marine Area. This designation now ranks St. Lucia on par with a number of designated sites.

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