UNESCO Director-General offers condolences and support to Iran following tragic earthquakeUNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura has conveyed his condolences to the people of the Islamic Republic of Iran, following the terrible earthquake that struck the country yesterday morning. In a letter to President Seyyed Mohammad Khatami, Mr Matsuura expressed his distress at the “cruel loss of so many lives” and offered his “sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathy to the families of the victims at this time of national mourning.”
Mr. Matsuura promised UNESCO’s support in safeguarding the cultural heritage of the stricken city of Bam, one of the Iran’s most famous historical sites and home to the two-thousand year-old Arg-e-Bam (Bam Citadel), the largest earthen structure in the world. According to estimations, about 80 percent of the city has been destroyed and the citadel extensively damaged.
|Source||Press Release N°2003-107|
|Editorial Contact:||Abdin Salih, Director, UNESCO Office in Teheran - Tel : +98 21 67 28 242/243|
|Publication Date||27 Dec 2003|