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7/18/04

Iranian official calls for positive response to WHC attention to Naqshe Jahan square

Tehran, July 18, IRNA -- Head of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Research Center Seyed Mohammad Beheshti here Sunday said that the officials cannot remain indifferent to the special attention given by the World Heritage Committee to Isfahan Naqshe Jahan square.


Naqsh-e Jahan square in Isfahan

He told IRNA that in the recent annual meeting of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) preceding the registration of the monument as a world heritage, the monument faced the risk of being rejected as a world heritage due to misadministration.

The 28th session of the UNESCO's World Heritage Committee was held in the Chinese historic city of Suzhou in Jingsu province from June 28-July 7, 2004.

"According to the report released by the International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMUS) at the last WHC session, Naqshe Jahan faced the risk of not being registered as a world monument.

"A historical, cultural and natural monument being in a poor condition from material, scientific and misadministration points of view may end up being registered as a heritage at risk," he added.

Beheshti said that fortunately WHC agreed to give Iran a chance to adjust the height of Jahan-Nema tower in Isfahan up to February 1, 2005.

"Iran was one of the first countries to become WHC member 25 years ago and managed to register several of its monuments in its first session.

"Though Naqshe Jahan square, Persepolis and Chogha-Zanbil were registered as the world heritage immediately, Iran did not make much effort to register more national monuments," he added.

Beheshti referred to Takht-e Soleiman as the only ancient monument added to list in 2003.

Turning to the recent registration of Takht-e Soleiman, he said that this should give momentum to such moves, given there are hundreds of valuable cultural relics across the country worth being registered as the world heritage.

He also criticized the slow trend of domestic registration of the national monuments, he said that in recent years a major progress has been observed so that the number of registered ancient relics increased from 1,700 between 1930-1996 to 11,000 between 1996-2003.

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