BY SARAH ABRAHAMS
uNESCO LAST WEEK threatened to take Jerusalern's Church of the Holy Sepulchre off its World Heritage List unless Christian leaders allow the United Nations to supervise repair work.
Federico Mayor, of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, appealed to representatives of three Christian communities in Jerusalem to help save the church.
If they did not allow UNESCO to "conduct safeguarding operations", the monument would be in danger of losing the value that earned it a place on the World Heritage List of 378 historic monuments.
UNESCO visited Jerusalem earlier this year to discuss restoration plans but Fr Castor Garcia of the Franciscan office said this week that Christian churches were committed to carrying out a restoration project "through our own efforts".