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Conflicting Statements of Islamic Republic Officials on Sivand Dam Inundation


23 January 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- While nowadays the issue of Sivand Dam inundation has become a matter of great concern in Iran, especially among cultural heritage enthusiasts, contradictory statements by the Islamic Republic authorities on the exact date of its inundation have somehow added fuel to the existing uneasy feeling toward its inauguration.


In a press conference which was held yesterday, Parviz Faftah, Islamic Republic’s Minister of Energy, said: “The date of Sivand Dam inundation was decided during the seminar on archaeological achievements of Bolaghi Valley which was held on January 20, in Tarbiat Modares University in Tehran. Based on the reports presented during this seminar and talks held with the Iranian cultural heritage authorities, we came to the point that excavations in Bolaghi Valley have come to an end.”


According to the Minister of Energy, based on previous agreements with the Iranian cultural heritage authorities, the Ministry is now waiting to receive the formal agreement of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) to start filling the reservoir of the Dam in February 2007.


This is while in an earlier interview with Persian service of CHN, Hassan Fazeli Nashli, director of Archaeology Research Centre of ICHTO had announced that a team of Japanese archaeologists are due to come to Iran to resume excavations in Bolaghi Valley next week and based on schedules the excavations will continue until late March. He further mentioned that most probably the inundation of the Dam would be postponed until the end of excavations by the Japanese team. To add to the confusion, now the authorities claim that the area in which the Japanese team will be conducting their excavations would not be submerged with inundation of the Sivand Dam and therefore, their archaeological studies would not be interrupted by flooding of the Dam.




Extracted From/Source: Cultural Heritage News Agency (CHN)

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