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Islamic Republic's President, Ordered the Sivand Dam to Become Officially Operational

 

17 April 2007

 

 

 

Edited by Shapour Suren-Pahlav

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- In the most controversial case, the reservoir of the Sivand Dam is about to devour a large section of the Bolaghi Valley in Fars Province, which is home to over 130 archaeological sites, dating from prehistoric periods to the post-Sasanian era. 

 

According to a cultural heritage expert in Pasargadae, closing the discharge tunnel of Sivand Dam for flooding the dam has been started.

 

Islamic Republic's Energy Minister Parviz Fattah announced on April 06 that the filling of the Sivand Dam reservoir began after the ministry had received official permission from the ICHTHO.

 

The ministry as the result of pressure had postponed the filling of the dam reservoir until September in order to give experts more time to conduct archaeological excavations and research, but ICHTHO Director Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaii a confidant and advisor to the republic's president misleadingly claimed last week that, "in his point of view, the filling of the reservoir of the Sivand Dam does not pose a problem,  and it is unnecessary to continue the rescue excavations in the area".

 

Rahim-Mashaii who was ironically appointed as the director of ICHTHO after Mahmud Ahmadinejad appointed as the regime's new president, said in a press conference in March 2006 that he has never heard of Sivand Dam or the Bolaghi Valley.

 

The Sivand Dam was scheduled to become officially operational in time for the current visit of the Islamic regime's fundamentalist president Mahmood Ahmadinejad to Fars Province.

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