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Titanic gets UN protection

The wreck of the Titanic is from today a world heritage site and protected by the United Nations.Under an international agreement Unesco, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, has the power to protect sites of special interest once they are one hundred years old.Today the UN confirmed it would make an order to prevent any damaged being caused to the wreck that is two and a half miles below the sea.The Titanic went down at 02.20am on April 15th 1912 making today the first day the UN could act.It means only exploration to preserve the remains and for educational purposes is allowed.A company that is taking down tourists later in the year will be allowed to continue with its activities but is being banned from allowing people to try to drop memorials or other items from the Russian submarines that take them.Relatives of more than 1,500 on board who died have mixed views about the exploration and recovery of artifacts from the site.Some say it provides an insight into the tragedy. Others, including the oldest survivor, Millvina Dean, from Southampton said it was "grave robbery" before her death three years ago.Meanwhile it is still not clear who will be the new owner of the site.A press conference to announce a new owner was postponed in New York last week.The current rights holder of the site and artifacts, US based Premier Exhibitions said it wanted more time to negotiate with a number of interested bidders "to gain maximum return for shareholders."Premier is selling off the rights to the site and 5,500 recovered objects after losses to its global exhibitions business last year.A US judge ruled Premier owned the rights after investing million to fund dives to the site.The court ruled whoever buys the it must keep it together and put it on public display.It is thought the collection will sell for over £120 million.

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