The Minister of Culture and Tourism Mikhail Kulinyak informed about it during the meeting of the Public Humanitarian Council. The Minister mentioned that apprehensions of some public figures as to exclusion of the national reserve from the UNESCO list are groundless.
“We have started the plan of reorganization of the territory of St. Sophia`s Cathedral, which will clearly define the regime of use of the buffer zone and the adjoining territories. This will enable us to relieve public strains in this regard, regulate carrying out of works, preserve restoration and reconstruction of the present historic construction. According to M. Kulinyak, the territory of the buffer zone of the constructions ensemble of St. Sophia`s Cathedral has the area of 111 hectares.
The Minister also added that at present time construction within the buffer zone of St. Sophia`s Cathedral was carried out at one address: Olesya Gonchara Street. “According to our international obligations, the Committee of the World Heritage has been informed about our intention to carry out this construction because there was a problem matter, connected with the construction on Gonchara Street and its possible influence on preserving St. Sophia`s Cathedral as an object of world heritage. The Ministry of culture and the National Commission on UNESCO matters have reached an agreement with the construction company on decreasing the height of the object and correcting the project in regard of architectural solution of the facades in accordance with recommendation of international experts. But M. Kulinyak mentioned that the project documentation has not been endorsed by the Ministry yet.