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Iran voices concern over demolition of historical monuments on Iraqi border

Ilam Cultural Heritage Department expressed its concern over the possible demolition of several historical monuments at the border between Ilam province and Iraq, IRNA reported on Monday.

Officials from Ilam Cultural Heritage Department told IRNA that the US air raids and missile onslaughts against Iraq threaten the ancient monuments of the archaic land, which are among the world most significant historical remains.

"According to the official reports released so far, a historical palace listed as an international ancient monument has already been demolished under the US air raids," they added.

One of the officials said that the cultural heritage fans are greatly worried about the destiny of the three ancient monuments at the common border between Iraq and Ilam province in western Iran.

"In the beginning of the present century before the Iran-Iraq common border lines underwent some change, the said monuments were located within the limits of Iran's Ilam province," he added.

Head of Ilam Cultural Heritage Department Mostafa Beiqi noted that the historical monuments belong to the world and later human generation, rather than being possessed by a single country.

"The United States and England should avoid from destroying the ancient monuments in Iraq in accordance with the international treaties to the effect," he added.

Beiqi noted that the three monuments located at the order of the two states were in possession of Iran before the Algeria treaty was signed.

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