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Date of Inundation of Islamic Regime' Sivand Dam, the Plague of Iranian Heritage Not Yet Agreed Upon


30 May 2006




LONDON, (Shapour Suren-Pahlav - CAIS) -- The final meeting on the inundation of Sivand Dam will be held on the last week of spring 2006 with the presence of representatives from the Islamic Regime's Ministry of Energy and Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) on behalf of the Iranian nation. This is while the regime had already falsely announced that they had reached to an agreement of the exact date of the Sivand Dam inundation which according to him would have been November/December 2006.

“We have not yet reached to an agreement with the Ministry of Energy on the inundation of Sivand Dam and the Minister of Energy made his announcement according to what he had estimated from the trend of excavations in Bolaghi Valley historical site,” said Esfaniar Rahim Mashayi, President of ICHTO to CHN.

Prior to this, the Minister of Energy had participated in an interview with Iran’s Fars News Agency in which he deceptively announced the agreement of this ministry with ICHTO for the inundation of Sivand Dam toward the end of this year.

“I had a visit to Shiraz on 17th of May and in a meeting attended by ICHTO authorities we studied the case and it seemed there ICHTO had no problem with resuming the construction of Sivand Dam,” calimed Parviz Fatah, Islamic regime' Minister of Energy.

Hashem Rabani, director of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Fars province, misleadingly claimed the inundation of Sivand Dam will cause no harm to Pasargadae historical site; however, the final result will be clarified by the end of spring. Some experts anticipate that the archaeological excavations in Bolaghi Valley will finish by that time.

It is certain that inundation of the Sivand Dam will drown major parts of Bolaghi Valley and 147 of its historical sites including a section of the Achaemenid' Imperial Road (Râh-e Shâhi); however considering the distance between this dam and the mausoleum of Cyrus the Great in Pasargadae, flooding of the dam though will not submerge the Cyrus’ mausoleum, but the humidity created by it will gradually destroy this revered ancient monument.

Sivand Dam is constructed by the Islamic Regime on the Sivand River in Bolaghi Valley historical site which is located 9 kilometres from the world heritage site of Pasargadae in Fars province. Following the news of the inundation of Sivand Dam by the Islamic regime, shocking news was spread around the world which raised concerns among the Iranian nation as well as the International community of the cultural heritage enthusiasts that Pasargadae is in serious danger of being destroyed.

However, since Bolaghi Valley will submerge with all 147 historical sites once the dam is flooded, experts started their archaeological excavations there under a comprehensive salvation project in which archaeologists from all around the world take part. The project has led to some invaluable discoveries so far such as unearthing of the remains of the palace of Darius the Great, a village belonging to the Achaemenid dynastic era, and large numbers of ancient artefacts. Due to the pressure from within and outside the county, flooding of the dam is postponed until archaeologists announce that their excavations in Bolaghi Valley are finished.

The choice of location for contracting a Dam by the Islamic Regime, so close to Pasargadae, or construction of chemical factories in the vicinity of Bistun in Kermanshah as well as Naqsh-e Rustam in the Fars province, where the wind blows the poison gases and steams directly to the graves of the Darius the Great and Xerxes, has not been unintentional.


The Islamic regime's enmity towards anything Iranian, especially Cyrus the Great and Darius the Great is a prevalent knowledge, which most probably was the main reason behind the Sivand Dam' construction plan.


The Islamic regime which has been trying to destroy and erase all pre-Islamic culture from the consciousness of the Iranians, once and for all, concerned primarily with Achaemenid heritage sites, i.e, Pasargadae, Persepolis, Naghsh-e Rustam and Bistun. 


After 1979 revolution in Iran, Ayatollah Sadeq Khalkhali, one of the leading members of the Islamic revolution and head of Revolutionary Courts, and his followers desperately tried to bulldoze and level-down Persepolis, but the inhabitants of the close city Shiraz went on the barricade, and risked their lives by laying front of bulldozers, as well as assistance from governor of Fars, Nosratollah Amini, who had been a member of the National Front during the days of Dr Mossadegh (1950s) and his personal lawyer, called upon the security forces in Fars, and in a show of force, threw out the humiliated invaders headed by Khalkhali, which saved the ancient site from total destruction. The Islamic regime's cultural cleansing could simply be coined as the "Cultural Holocaust".

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