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Iran expects UNESCO to condemn measures distorting its history

Tehran, March 28, IRNA - Iran's representative to the Paris-based UNESCO, Mohammad-Reza Dehshiri, in a meeting with UNESCO deputy director general Marcio Barbosa on Wednesday briefed him on some points about anti-Iran movie '300' contradicting the Convention for the Safeguarding of Cultural Heritage.

Expressing the concerns of the country's various cultural and art circles over the issue, he urged that UNESCO should be more careful in dealing with the topics leading to conflict among civilizations and spreading hatred among communities.

Turning to the expectation of the Iranian government and nation from UNESCO to condemn such anti-cultural measures distorting the history of Iran's great civilization as well as damaging the global understanding and dialogue among civilizations, he said that its silence on such moves will add to the worries of world nations, researchers and historians.

For his part, Barbosa expressed his sympathy over the issue and said that he understands the feelings and concerns of the Iranian government and nation over the screening of the movie `300'.

Meanwhile, he declared his own worries about the screening of some films, which instead of leaving positive and constructive results raise the protest of people and hurt their feelings.

He added that in response to the collective call of a group of member states to take proper action in this regard, UNESCO will comply with its relevant duties.

Barbosa, who was highly impressed by the explanations presented by Dehshiri about the reaction of the Iranian scientific and cultural community both on the domestic scene and overseas, said that he understands the feelings of Iranians about the insult to their historical and civilizational background.

... Payvand News - 3/29/07 ... --

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