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UNESCO Documents on Jahan Nama Case to be Submitted to Isfahan Court

Tehran, May 3 (CHN) - Documents and letters of UNESCO on the alteration of the height of the disputable building of Jahan Nama have been translated and will be submitted to the Isfahan Court along with the English originals today, in the first court session.

Today is the first day of the court meeting to settle the dispute between the Iranian Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) and the municipality of Isfahan considering the building under construction near the historical square of Naghsh-e Jahan which is endangering the aerial vicinity of the square and its position on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

ICHTO representatives will be handing the judge the UNESCO documents demanding Iran to lessen the height of the building to help save the Naghsh-e Jahan Square from being added to the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Meanwhile, the municipality of Isfahan, city council, and some of the officials of the judicial system of Isfahan have assessed the documents provided by the ICHTO insufficient; the mayor of Isfahan has recently moved even one step further and denied completely any legal complaint by the ICHTO against the constructors of Jahan Nama to the Isfahan Court.

Legal Expert with ICHTO, Omid Ghanami, sees the talks as a sign of the matter being of no importance for these parties.

"All UNESCO documents on the case of altering the height of Jahan Nama building have been translated into Farsi and will be handed to the court along with the English originals," explained Ghanami, adding that all the letters are dated 2005 and include the latest views of UNESCO on the matter.

The ICHTO submitted a prosecution against the constructors of the building to the Isfahan Court on February 2005. Moreover, the Human Rights Defense Centre, headed by the peace noble prize winner Shirin Ebadi, presented another complaint against the constructors to an Isfahan Court last year. The case is now being studied by the court.

Many governmental and nongovernmental bodies have so far expressed their opposition with the completion of the building which is endangering the situation of one of the world famous heritage of Iran.

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