The Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, attended the signing of a Memorandum of Friendship between Dubrovnik, Kotor, Mostar and Ohrid, all UNESCO protected cities, in Kotor yesterday.
The signing ceremony was held in the premises of the Montenegrin Maritime Museum, and the mayor of Franković signed the Memorandum of Friendship with the Mayor of Kotor, Vladimir Jokić, the Mayor of Ohrid, Jovan Stojanoski and, on behalf of the Mayor of Mostar Ljubo Bešlić, the Chief Advisor of the City of Mostar Rada Komadin.
By adopting the Memorandum of Friendship, these cities have confirmed their intention of strengthening and spreading friendship through mutual co-operation in all areas of common interest and intend to cooperate permanently on the protection and promotion of their natural and cultural heritage by exchanging experiences and nurturing awareness of the importance of UNESCO's status.
"There are numerous problems and challenges ahead for UNESCO's historic environments that we can jointly address and overcome by exchanging experiences and good practices and working on promoting sports and culture through joint projects," said Mayor Franković.
He stressed that the cities of Dubrovnik and Kotor have already started intensive cooperation in the fields of renewal of monumental heritage, sustainable tourism and destination management. "This signature is only a confirmation of the cooperation that we have already started," concluded the Mayor of Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik, Kotor and Ohrid were enrolled on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979, while Mostar was included on the list in 2005.