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Hostility toward Cultural Landscape of Bisotun Continues

By Soudabeh Sadigh
Tehran, 5 February 2007 (CHN) -- For the second time in the past few weeks, the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Kermanshah province has filed a legal complaint against the provincial Telecommunication Organization for its activities in the vicinity of Bisotun which have intruded the cultural landscape of this world heritage site.
Despite previous objections raised by the provincial Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department regarding this project, the Telecommunication Organization is now claiming that it obtained permission from the Governor Office of the province to continue its activities in the vicinity of Bisotun world heritage site. 
Two weeks ago, the diggings to lay cables in Bisotun plain resulted in destruction of some historical monuments dating back to the Sassanid (224-651 AD) and Ilkhanid (1256-1336 AD) dynastic periods near the historic Khosrow Bridge.
The Telecommunication Organization rejects to take responsibility for the damages caused and puts the blame on the inhabitants of the nearby Chambatan Sofla village and its council. On the other hand, in an interview with CHN, Hosseini, member of Chabatan village council, said that the villagers started the diggings in Bisotun plain by the order of the Telecommunication Organization and they did not install cable poles in the region.
According to Asadollah Biranvand, director of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Kermanshah province, the case will be taken to the court for further investigations to find out who was in charge of diggings in Bisotun plain. “We have presented the court with a full list of the names of those who had a role in this project,” said Biranvand to CHN.
Biranvand further told CHN that since the Cultural Heritage Department of Kermanshah is the only legal body that can issue permission for diggings and other construction activities in the province’s historic sites, the provincial governor office has no right in giving such permissions.
Bisotun Plain is spread at the foothill of Bisotun Mountain where several ancient remains including prehistoric caves, a temple from the Median Empire (728 BC-550 BC), the relief and inscription of the Achaemenid King Darius the Great (549-486 BC), statue of Hercules, etc. are found. The historic site of Bisotun was registered in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites last year.
Bisotun’s Cultural Landscape Intruded by Telecom. Org.

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