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Negotiation with Owner of Acha. Soldier, the Best Solution

Tehran, 15 September 2007 (CHN) - According to Omid Ghanani, deputy head of the legal department of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO), currently the best alternative which has remained for Iran to put an end to the controversy of the bas relief of the Achamenid soldier which is now in Denis Byrne possession is to start direct negotiations with this French owner to take it back to its home country.

"Considering to the short time which has remained to the date of putting the Achaemenid soldier bas relief on sale based on London Court ruling, which is 25th of October, the best way which has remained for Iran to retrieve this invaluable historic relic would be to start negotiations with the current French owner of the Achaemenid soldier," said Ghanami to CHN.

Deputy head of the legal department of ICHHTO further explained that negotiating with representatives of British government and UNESCO can be the other choices for Iran in this regard. "However, considering the current situation, the best way would be to contact the French owner of the Achaemenid soldier through his lawyers to find a solution to this chaos," Ghanami added.

Based on evidence, the bas relief of the head and the lance of the Persian Achaemenid soldier which was looted from the country illegally, is due to be put up for auction on 25th of October in Christie's auction house in London.

Christie's auction house has estimated the price of this invaluable bas relief up to 800,000 pounds. Based on Christie announcement, the bas relief of the Achaemenid soldier is currently in possession of Denis Byrne, who purchased it on 10th of October 1984 in New York.

The bass relief of the Achaemenid soldier was unearthed in 1933 during archeological excavations in Persepolis world heritage site.

Soudabeh Sadigh

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