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Iran: Height of Jahan Nama Tower in Isfahan to be reduced to meet UNESCO's demands

Tehran, Dec 26, IRNA-Iranian government spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham said on Monday that the government authorized to reduce height of Jahan Nama Tower in Isfahan to meet criteria of UNESCO to register Naqsh-e Jahan historical Square as the world cultural heritage.

Naqsh-e Jahan historical Square

He said in his weekly briefing to media that the government has decided to comply with criteria of UNESCO for registering and preserving global status of Naqsh-e Jahan Square.

Iran Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) has applied for registering Naqsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan with UNESCO, but, UNESCO gave until February 2006 to reduce height of Jahan Nama Tower under construction on neighborhood of Naqsh-e Jahan.

Jahan Nama Tower is viewable
from Naqsh-e Jahan Square

UNESCO regarded height of the newly built high-rise tower as impediment to registering Naqsh-e Jahan Square on its vicinity.

In response to a question on a statement attributed to Iranian ambassador to Turkey that the government has drawn up a roadmap for transfer of Israel to Europe, Elham said that he has not heard about such a roadmap.

"President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's relevant outlook has a clear legal and political foundation. However, I neither confirm such a roadmap was drawn up, nor do so what you attributed to the ambassador," he added.

Asked about assignment of Iran's new representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), he said that Ali-Akbar Soltaniyeh was proposed by the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) and accepted by the president for the mission.

"The IAEO is usually represented at the UN nuclear watchdog by a representative and an envoy," he added.

Responding to a question about formation of a committee charged with following up the situation of the Iranian diplomats kidnapped in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1982, he said that the case is being supervised by the vice-president for legal and parliamentary affairs and that they will do their best to find out the truth.

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