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Iran to celebrate Naqsh-e Jahan's escape from UNESCO blacklist

TEHRAN, Sept. 30 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iran plans to celebrate Isfahan's Naqsh-e Jahan Square's escape from being placed on UNESCO's List of World Heritage in Danger, deputy director of the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization Hamid Baqaii announced on Saturday.

However, UNESCO has not yet made any official announcement about the issue.

The week-long celebration is to commence in Isfahan on November 10.

"We will show Iranian people and the world that all of our country's monuments registered on the World Heritage List are of great important to us," Baqaii noted.

UNESCO had claimed that Jahan-Nama Tower, now under construction and located on the west side of the Naqsh-e Jahan Complex, spoilt the horizontal view of Naqsh-e Jahan square, in which many monuments registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979 are situated.

The organization had asked Iranian cultural officials to complete modification of the building by February 1, 2007, saying otherwise Naqsh-e Jahan Square would be added to the UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger.

Culture Program specialist of Tehran's UNESCO office Junko Taniguchi visited the Jahan-Nama Tower last April and said that following the modification of the tower, it is highly unlikely that UNESCO will put Isfahan's Naqsh-e Jahan Square on its List of World Heritage in Danger.

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