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UNESCO approves Avicenna international award

Secretary General of the National Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Mohammad Tavakkol declared in Tehran on Monday that Avicenna international award of `Ethics in Science' was approved in the UNESCO recent session, IRNA reported.

The 66th meeting of UNESCO executive council and its preliminary committees was held in Paris (March 31-April 16) and Iran's representative attended as a council member.

He told IRNA that based on the approval of UNESCO executive council, Avicenna international biennial prize will be awarded to the most outstanding achievement made on `Ethics in Science' jointly by Iran and UNESCO.

"The first one is to be awarded to a selected figure by an international jury concurrent to the upcoming meeting of UNESCO general assembly in early fall," he added.

Referring to the Paris meeting coinciding with the US-UK invasion on Iraq, he said that the issue of Iraq was brought up at the sessions and almost all members expressed concern over the demolition of cultural, scientific and educational monuments as well as interruption of communication in Iraq.

"At the final session of the meeting, all members called on UNESCO to take action to the effect and not suffice to expressing regret and condemning such acts," he added.

Tavakkol said that UNESCO proved its real concern over the disastrous situation of Iraqi cultural heritage as well as its scientific and literary works by appointing a delegation to visit Iraq to closely study the issue.

He said, "Iraq, which possesses over 5,000 cultural monuments, is one of the most significant centers of archeological attractions and its cultural heritage underwent catastrophic and unprecedented damages during the recent war."

The official added that Palestine was another important issue discussed at the recent meeting.

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