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Iranian Officials to Complete Bam Report

Tehran, 14 July 2005 (CHN)-- Reviewing the latest condition of Bam cultural landscape, UNESCO world heritage committee asked the Iranian officials in the 29th session of world heritage in Durban, South Africa, to complete the report on the case by February 1st.

Bam cultural landscape that includes Bam castle, and its ancient sites, gardens, and ducts was urgently registered last year in the list of world heritage, right after the devastating earthquake in the city.

"The members of world heritage committee asked Iran to complete the case and offer a management plan to UNESCO until February, so that the case will be discussed in a UNESCO conference next year," said Abdolrasoul Vatandoust, the director of international affairs in Bam cultural heritage rescue project.

"Currently," he added, "we are negotiating for a contract of mapping the eastern district of Bam under the supervision of Iranian institute of topography. The next phase of the procedure would be the completion of mapping the northwest district that includes prehistoric and Neolithic artifacts."

According to him, the 6-month respite of UNESCO for the completion of the case needs extensive cooperation and facilities.

"In the report by ICOMOS experts, Iran and all other countries involved in the rescue project of Bam cultural heritage were appreciated and they were asked to continue their support for improving the situation," asserted Ahmad Jalali, the Iranian representative in UNESCO world heritage committee.

Bam region had several historical monuments, such as Bam castle, and also archeological sites dating back to the Achaemenid era, most of which were damaged in the earthquake.

The 29th session of world heritage committee that began 3 days ago in Durban, South Africa, in the presence of more than 700 people from 180 countries will decide on the registration of 42 cultural and historical sites, including Soltaniyeh Dome.

Currently 6 Iranian archeological and historical sites, namely The Persepolis, Choqazanbil, Takhte Soleyman, Naqshe Jahan, Pasargadae, and Bam, are included in the UNESCO list of world heritage.

The number of sites registered in the list of world heritage is 611 of which 154 sites are natural and 23 sites are integrative.

UNESCO 1973 convention on the protection of natural and cultural heritage is one of the most extended international contracts, which pursue the global cooperation in the protection of world cultural and natural heritage.

World heritage committee responsible for the administration of the convention includes representatives of 21 countries which are selected for a six-year period.

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