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Iranian, Foreign Experts to Defuse Mines in Historical Sites

Iranian Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (CHTO) and military would hire domestic and foreign experts to clear historical monuments and sites of mines left over from the 8-year war Iraq imposed on Iran in 1980s, Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency reported.

"It is not advisable to leave these mines unattended, because archeologists need to explore and excavate historical properties, but they can't take the risk and jeopardize their own lives," said Masoud Azarnoush, head of the Archeological Research Center.

"The best way, as experts have implied, is to defuse those mines buried deep under ground. That's why we are going to call on Iranian and foreign experts to help us do the daunting task with the least possible damage to monuments and sites," he added.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Beheshti, deputy of CHTO, voiced hope that the operation would kick start as soon as possible. "The main reason for the delay is the fact that many of these sites are located near Iranian border with Iraq, which has always been rife with security problems including the 2003 invasion of US-led forces on Iraq," he noted.

... Payvand News - 8/24/04 ... --

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