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Rome to Host International Conference on Saving Bam

Tehran, May 9 (CHN) - Rome will be hosting an international conference on Bam Salvation Project on May 10 and 11, in which the 15-year plan for restoration and salvation of Bam Citadel will be presented and more than 70 suggested projects will be analyzed.

The city of Bam and its 2000-year-old world-famous clay structure, Bam Citadel (Arg-e Bam) were destroyed in the devastating earthquake of 26th of December 2003. UNESCO registered the Citadel and its cultural historical landscape on its World Heritage List in 2004.

More than 60 experts from UNESCO, ICOMOS (the international council of monuments and sites), Craterre Institute of France (specialized in studying and preserving clay monuments), and experts from Iran, Italy, England, the United States, France, Japan, and other countries will be taking part in the two-day meetings supervised by the UNESCO, the Salvation Committee of Bam Historical Monuments, held with co-operation of the Cultural Heritage Ministry of Italy.

"The 15-year plan for salvation of the cultural historical heritage of Bam which has been provided with cooperation of multinational experts and the International Salvation Committee of Bam will be presented so that experts and countries who are willing to take part in the project come forward," the international director of the salvation project, Abdol Rasul Vatandoust, told CHN.

The 15-year project consists of three phrases; the short-term, the mid-term, and the long-term projects. Moreover, during the last two years since the earthquake of 26th of December 2003, the Iranian Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) along international organizations such as UNESCO have undertaken some preliminary attempts to save the historical site.

According to head of the Salvation Project, Eskandar Mokhtari, a comprehensive report of the restorations and studies undertook so far will be presented in Rome conference, plus more than 70 projects, which include repair works, removal of debris, archaeology, documentation, and research suggested for reviving the site.

The conference will be cultivating the ground for the meeting to be held in the city of Bam at the beginning of the year 2006.

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