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The Pending File of Nowruz in UNESCO

Tehran, 22 January 2006 (CHN) -- After two months of the rejection of inclusion of Nowruz file in UNESCO's list of oral and intangible heritage of humanity, the case is still in a pending situation. This is while despite Iran's inquiries about the reasons for this rejection, no formal response has been submitted to Iran by UNESCO.

The Nowruz file had been submitted to UNESCO to be inscribed in the list of World Intangible Heritage by 9 countries. However, on 25th of November 2005 when Director General of UNESCO proclaimed this organization's third report on Oral and Intangible Masterpieces of the World, nothing was said about the traditional New Year or Nowruz ceremony celebrated in nine countries including Iran.

Ahmad Jalali, Iran's representative in UNESCO who was not present at that session, said that the case will possibly be picked up again in the next session. Jalali believes that UNESCO's National Commission in Iran and its experts are responsible for this delay in the inscription of Nowruz file in UNESCO's List of Intangible Heritage.

According to Mohammad Mirshokaraei, director of Iran's Anthropology Research Center who was also in charge of preparing the Nowruz file, the file was revised by the experts and resubmitted to UNESCO. "Based on some informal news we received from UNESCO, Nowruz file has been evaluated by UNESCO experts completely," said Mirshokaraei to CHN correspondent. Mirshokaraei also said that even the UNESCO experts themselves do not know exactly why Nowruz has not been inscribed in this list.

Fatemeh Farahani, director of Cultural Department of UNESCO in Iran believes that other countries who were supposed to cooperate with Iran in inscribing Nowruz file have not cooperated with Iran in this respect. "These countries did not help Mirshokaraei in preparation of this file. It was two weeks after the Nowruz file was rejected by UNESCO that we received a film from Kyrgyzstan about their traditional ceremonies at Nowruz.

A year ago, Nowruz file was submitted by Iran to be inscribed in the third UNESCO's intangible heritage list. While a lot of experts from UNESCO and Iran believed that the file would be accepted for sure and Nowruz would be inscribed in the list of UNESCO's world intangible heritage, the file was rejected due to its incomprehensiveness.

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