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Iran Warns British Museum Over Cyrus Cylinder

Press TV - Tehran will cease cooperation with the British Museum in London until it loans the Cyrus the Great Cylinder to the National Museum of Iran.

The Cyrus Cylinder is a document issued by the Persian ruler Cyrus the Great in the form of a clay cylinder inscribed in Babylonian cuneiform.

The clay cylinder is inscribed in Babylonian cuneiform with an account by Cyrus II, king of Persia (559-530 BC). The Cyrus Cylinder is described as the world's first charter of human rights.

Iranian officials called on the British Museum to loan the country's ancient cylinder, which was unearthed in 1879, in Esagila (the Murdak temple of Babylon).

"The British Museum implies the post-election political situation in Iran as its main excuse not to loan the cylinder to Iran's National Museum," said Hamid Baqaei, vice president in charge of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHTO).

"If the British Museum continues to make excuses for not loaning the artifact to the National Museum, we will, unfortunately, cease any cooperation with them, including archaeological expeditions and research," he added.

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