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Fund allocated to repair of Iran's monuments abroad

Tehran, April 14, IRNA - Head of the Research Center of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) Seyed Taha Hashemi said in Tehran on Saturday that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has allocated dlrs one million fund to protect Iran's project on formation of a fund at UNESCO.

The ICHHTO official said that the fund will facilitate repair of the country's historical monuments overseas.

He made the remarks at the center for commemorating the World Day of Historical Sites.

Hashemi said that if final agreement is reached between Iran and UNESCO, such a fund will be established.

Underlining the high level of Iran-UNESCO cooperation, he said that the proposal for formation of such a fund was in the context of Iranian cooperation with the world body.

"Maintenance and safeguarding of Iran's historical monuments is one of the contents of the project," he added.

Hashemi noted that this is an extra-territorial project aiming to protect Iran's cultural heritage and repair Iranian monuments situated beyond the country's borders, some of which are subject to destruction and need repair.

Concerning repair of Iranian historical monuments, for example the tombs of monarchs and religious buildings which have been constructed by Iranian architects and are memorials of the period marking migration of Iranians to India as well as their cultural and historical exchanges over the past centuries.

"This project is still under study and if final agreement is reached and a contract is signed by the Indian and Iranian officials under the auspices of UNESCO, it will be implemented," he said.

The head of ICHHTO research department said that the draft of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been prepared by Iranian and UNESCO officials, which will be discussed at the first opportunity.

"If agreement is reached on the issue, part of the fund will be earmarked to safeguarding and repair of the Iranian monuments in foreign countries and part of the expenses will be financed by Iran," Hashemi added.

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