From: Stephanie Roth (Alburnus Maior) 

   The 16th General Assembly of ICOMOS, meeting in Quebec, Canada, in October 
2008 resolved that:        

   4. Alburnus Maior (Romania)      

Regarding the Roman site of Alburnus Maior in Rosia Montana, an outstanding 
mining settlement and cultural landscape in Romania, as a potential World 
Heritage Site,  With reference to:        
   - The Resolution n° 20 of the 13th General Assembly of ICOMOS held in 
Madrid, Spain,        
   - The Resolution of the 14th Extraordinary General Assembly, held in 
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe,          
   - The resolution of the ICOMOS Conference, held in Pécs, Hungary, 22-27 May 
   - The ICAHM Statement on the mining concept at RoŸia Montana in Lyon, 
France, at the European Archaeological Association Conference on 9 September 
   - The Resolution of the 15th General Assembly of  ICOMOS, meeting in Xi'an, 
China, in October 2005,             
   - The resolution of the XXIII World Congress of the UIA â,¬â?o the 
International Union of Architects, in Torino in 2008, and           

Taking into consideration:       

   - The official statements of the Romanian Academy, those of all the 
religious communities involved and also those of professional bodies, such as 
the European Council of Architects and the Romanian Chamber of Architects,      
   - That the Ministry for the Environment and Sustainable Development of 
Romania interrupted the  licensing procedure for the mine proposal and 
suspended the evaluation of the environmental impact study prepared by RoŸia 
Montana Gold Corporation,        
   - Recent irrevocable court decisions in Romania that annulled an 
archaeological discharge  certificate issued earlier to exploit the Carnic 
Massif and also ascertained the illegality of RoŸia Montana's urban plans, and 
   - Recent information about steps taken for starting mining operations in 
RoŸia Montana and also other similar threats upon the archaeological, 
architectural and historical heritage of the cultural
landscape of the Apuseni Mountains,        

   The 16th General Assembly of ICOMOS, meeting in Quebec, Canada, in October 
2008 resolves to:         
 - Reiterate its deepest concern about the planned mining operations that have 
led to and threaten to continue the destruction of the archaeological site of 
Alburnus Maior in Rosia Montana, Romania, and its surroundings,          
   - Call for the urgent intervention of the National Authorities to ensure the 
appropriate protection  of the site,         
   - Call for further evaluation of the significance of the site as a cultural 
landscape and its archaeological, architectural and ethnographic heritage 
together with its spiritual values in the context
of the cultural heritage of Europe and the world, and         
   - Express once again its will to collaborate with the Romanian authorities 
and other organizations to achieve these actions and calls for the involvement 
of the relevant ICOMOS International   Scientific
Committee and UNESCO for that purpose.        

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