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Threatened by Kermanshah Polymer Company
15 August 2006
(CAIS) -- Just after one month of world registration
of Bistun historical site in list of UNESCO’s World
Heritage sites, by digging some wells in the vicinity of Bistun
inscription, the Kermanshah Polymer Company has broken all
it promises to stop its developing projects and violated
the cultural landscape of Bistun historical site.
“Kermanshah’s Petrochemical Company has never stopped
its activity for world registration of Bistun,” said
Sirus Samiei, programmer manager of Kermanshah Polymer
Company according to CHN.
While prior to this Taha Hashemi, director of Archeology
Research Center, announced that the activities of this
company has been stopped and it has no right to continue
its projects in the vicinity of Bistun plain, Samiei
claims that only oral promises was made between this
company and Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Organization (ICHTO) for stopping the activities and the
company has no written obligation in this respect.
“No formal letter has been received by this company for
stopping its developing projects. We even have the written
letter of the director of the Cultural Heritage and
Tourism Department of Kermanshah province indicating that
the activities of Kermanshah Polymer Company is a national
project and it should continue its work,” added Samiei.
According to Samiei, more than two million US dollars has
been spent so far for this project. “If the area is in
the vicinity of Bistun historical site, why ICHTO have not
asked us to choose another place for construction of this
factory two years ago? Who will be in charge of this large
expense which has been spent so far for this project?”
Samiei explained that the company has translated the
environment certificate of the project to receive the
finance loan from a German bank. “We have even
determined the location of the historical sites to the 30
kilometers distance from the project. This factory is the
only project in west of Iran which its finance have been
supplied. In addition, petrochemical company is a state
project and will cause no problem to historical sites, and
its activity will be stopped only by the order of the
Ministry of Petroleum which is a governmental
organization,” added Samiei.
The historic site of Bistun is located in Kermanshah
province. The site was registered in the list of
UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites on July 13th, 2006 in a
decision made by the World Heritage Committee in its 30th
session which was held in Lithuania. The Complex is
comprised of numerous valuable historical remains such as
the Median Temple, Darius the Great’ relief and
inscription, statue of Hercules, and the Sasanid monument
of Bistun. It is considered one of the most unique
historical sites of Iran.
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