The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
Edited by Shapour Suren-Pahlav
(CAIS) -- While UNESCO has asked Islamic Republic’s Polymer
Company in Kermanshah to be removed to another location in order to prevent
placing Bistun’s world heritage site in the danger list – but the company is
not ready to meet this demand.
The historic site of Bistun, located in Iranian Kermanshah
province, was registered in the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites on July
13th, 2006 as Iran’s 8th World Heritage Site in a
decision made by the World Heritage Committee in its 30th session
which was held in Lithuania.
Starting to expand the polymer company, just one month
after inscription of Bistun in list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, this
newly world heritage site faced a real threat for safeguarding its position
against possible damages.
Mehdi Barshahi, deputy of Bistun World Centre, explained
about the decision of this company’s management to expand its activities in
the vicinity of Bistun plain. “However, the Company has not yet succeeded in
getting the permission of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism
Organization (ICHHTO) for continuing its activities in the region,” said
Prior to this, authorities of the polymer company claimed
that their activities will pose no threat to the historical sites of Bistun
plain. However after conducting a research, this claim was rejected by
Bistun’s World Centre and the Centre decided that the Polymer Company should
be removed from the vicinity of Bistun World Heritage Site. Immediately, the
threats of the Polymer Company on Bistun’s World Heritage Site was announced
by the Centre, however, the case has been referred Esfaniar Rahim Mashayi,
president of ICHHTO and close ally and advisor of Islamic Republic’s
president, for final decision.
Although the Company has limited some of its harmful
activities, still Bistun Centre believes that relocation of the Company would be
the appropriate measure to prevent any damages posed by the Company to this
World Heritage Site.
Bistun world heritage site is hosts numerous invaluable
historical remains such as the Median dynastic Temple, Darius the Great’s
relief and frieze, statue of Hercules and the Sasanian monument.
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