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DANIEL LIBESKIND AND THE KURDISTAN REGION

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1431: tabled on 27 April 2016

Tabled in the 2015-16 session.

This motion has been signed by 8 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House recognises the global importance of and respect for the architect Daniel Libeskind, who designed the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester and the new World Trade Centre masterplan in New York, amongst many others; notes that Mr Libeskind was asked by the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region in Iraq to design a 150,000 square-foot museum at the foot of the ancient Citadel and Unesco World Heritage site in the capital, Erbil; believes that such a museum by a world-renowned architect would be a suitable means of recording the historical suffering of the Kurdish peoples and also encourage people to see Erbil as a tourist destination; wishes the Kurdistan Regional Government well in seeking funds to build such an important cultural and political establishment; further notes that British-based RWF World is assembling the content of a comprehensive memory programme for the Museum, manages the project for the Kurdish Regional Government, and has already enlisted British construction and design talent to support the project, with more possible opportunities for British companies and benefits to the UK economy; and strongly believes that the Kurds need to tell the stories of their past to help ensure their present and future is neither neglected nor crushed.