An international committee, made of 3 local and 3 foreign experts, is to be set up to organize and coordinate future global efforts to recover the historical citadel of the Iranian city of Bam, destroyed in an earthquake last year that killed more than 26,000 people, Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency reported on Sunday.
The citadel used to be the world's greatest clay structure, though now 80 percent of which is razed. The magnitude 6.5 earthquake destroyed the town in the southeast of the country on 26 December last year.
"Given the importance and complexity of the recovery operation and our willingness to apply global consensus on the matter, we are going to set up a 6-strong body group to work with international organizations," said Abdul-Rasul Vatandust, former head of the International Affairs Office in Iran's Cultural heritage Organization.
He added the main task of the committee will be mustering international support for the recovery project." We intend to turn it into a global project."
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