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UNESCO allocates over dlrs four million to rebuild Arg-e Bam

Tehran, Dec 26, IRNA -- The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, has provided dlrs 4.5 million to rebuild Arg-e Bam and other historical sites in Bam, southeastern Iran, said an official with the organization here Sunday.

An earthquake measuring almost seven on the Richter scale hit the city of Bam, in Kerman province, and adjacent villages on December 26, 2003, killing over 40,000 people and injuring tens of thousands of others.

Arg-e Bam, the oldest and biggest adobe citadel in the world, was completely destroyed by the killer quake.

Of the total amount of financial assistance rendered to UNESCO, dlrs 2.6 million and dlrs 1.6 million will be spend on cultural and educational purposes, respectively, added Monir Buchenaki, UNESCO cultural deputy chief who is in Iran to take part in events to make the first anniversary of Bam tragedy.

Referring to cooperation between UNESCO and Iran after the quake, he said, "We traveled to Iran to get acquainted with reconstruction process in Bam. UNESCO wanted to tell the Iranian nation, the people in Bam in particular, that the city was not ignored rather, it is in the focus of world attention. "

The people in Bam will be presented with registration certificates of 'Arg-e Bam' and 'the garden of Bam' by the world heritage body, the Algerian archaeologist added.

It is up to the cultural authorities of any country to provide UNESCO with some reports about the maintenance and activities undertaken in such historical sites, he said, adding that the UNESCO, in its turn, is responsible for cooperating with countries to keep and introduce the sites.

... Payvand News - 12/26/04 ... --

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