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Iranian President Appeals for Saving Naghsh-e Jahan

Tehran, Mar. 28 (Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency) - The Iranian President, Seyyed Mohammad Khatami, once again appealed for a solution to the problem that Jahan Nama building is causing the world heritage site of Naghsh-e Jahan Square of Isfahan, emphasizing the need for cooperation of Iranian officials.

In a recent visit, Khatami likened the building under construction to "stray" in comparison to the city of Isfahan which he called "a mass of gold and diamond", adding that: "I am sure the people and officials of Isfahan will never accept that the reputation of their city be ruined by something that no profits can be imagined for."

President Khatami has officially demanded a firm decision by officials to omit the extra height of Jahan Nama shopping center, since one year ago, but no solution has yet been reached.

Jahan Nama is a 48-meter-high building located in the vicinities of the historical square of Naghsh-e Jahan, which UNESCO and the Iranian Cultural Heritage Organization believe has endangered the aerial landscape of the famous world heritage square.

UNESCO has warned to put the square on the List of World Heritage in Danger if Iran turns a blind eye on the matter.

Following the recent visit of the Director General of UNESCO, Ko´chiro Matsuura, to Isfahan, the prosecuting attorney of Isfahan has ruled for a halt in the project of Jahan Nama until the court announces its final verdict.

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