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Iran Culture Minister asks for halting "Jahan-Nama" Project in Isfahan

Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ahmad Masjed Jameie in a letter addressed to the Isfahan Governor General Mahmoud Hosseini, asked him to halt the process of Jahan Nama Project in that city and abide by the regulations devised by the Cultural Heritage Organization (CHO), IRNA reported from Tehran.

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Masjed Jameie's move was following an order made by President Seyed Mohammad Khatami regarding the same issue, in which the president has asked him to see into the full abidance by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO's) demands in that regard.

UNESCO has threatened to eliminate the name of Isfahan's Naqsh-e-Jahan (Imam) Square from its Global Heritage List if the project overlooking that historical square would be completed.

In his letter to Hosseini, the culture minister has emphasized, "In order to eliminate the risk of being subject to UNESCO's punishment measure, it is necessary to abide by the rules stated in UNESCO's general standards regarding taking care of the archaeological monuments."

Masjed Jameie has further stressed, "You should halt any action against the interests and prestige of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Iranian nation."

Jahan Nama Project that has been going on during the past few years is in a part of Isfahan where most historical sites of the city are located.

With its 17,000 square meter area, and 90,000 square meter buildings, the half finished project is located on the west side of Isfahan's Imam Hussain Square, that is itself in the vicinity of Imam (Naqsh-e-Jahan) Square, to its west.

UNESCO had recently sent a letter to Iran's CHO, warning that if the construction work in the territory of Isfahan's Naqsh-e-Jahan (Imam) Square will not be halted, it would eliminate that square's name from its Global Heritage List.

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