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Bam international reconstruction seminar to be held in May

Tehran, April 8, IRNA -- An international seminar themed "Bam reconstruction" will be held in Geneva in mid-May, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) official said here Thursday.

Director of Regional Bureau of the UNESCO Ebadin Saleh made the remark in a meeting with Minister of Science, Research and Technology Jafar Tofiqi.

Saleh stressed UNESCO cooperation in cultural, scientific and educational fields to reconstruct the quake-hit city of Bam, southeastern Iran.

An earthquake measuring 6.3 degrees on the Richter scale rocked the historic city of Bam, in Kerman Province, on December 26 killing tens of thousands of people and destroying the city by about 70 per cent.

The world's most ancient mud-brick citadel in the city of Bam, Arg-e Bam, dating back to 2500 years ago located on top of a rock to the northeast of the city , was completely destroyed by the killer quake.

The ancient citadel had been registered as a world heritage site by UNESCO.

Tofiqi, for his part, underlined the pivotal role technology plays in countering earthquake.

Besides the institutions and organizations in charge of reconstructing the city, scientific and research bodies in the country are actively working to enrich the software sector and safety standards as well, added Tofiqi.

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