Great' Cylinder, widely-believed to be the first manifest of
human rights written over 2,500 years ago, by the founder of the
Achaemenid dynasty, is unlikely to be lent by the British Museum
to Iran by 2007, a source told CHN.
Recently British newspaper Independent reported that The British
Museum is to lend Iran one of its most famous antiquities, which
is regarded as the first charter of human rights, 30 years after
its loan to the Shah triggered a fierce diplomatic row.
A source close to the National Museum of Iran said since the
renovation project of the museum is scheduled to begin in
October by an Italian team and would likely last for 2 years, it
is unlikely the cylinder could be borrowed earlier, especially
due to the fact that the British Museum has made the renovation
project a prerequisite for lending the artifact.