Inicio - Servicio de prensa
Comunicados de prensa
Anuncios de prensa
Oficinas fuera de la sede
Relaciones con la prensa

Portavoz del Director General
Flash Info
Nuevo Correo de la UNESCO
Agenda cultural
Ediciones UNESCO
Servicios de información
Documentos de la UNESCO
Naciones Unidas
- Centro de Noticias ONU
- Sitios web de la ONU

Versión para imprimir
Los medios pueden utilizar y reproducir libremente el material publicado por UNESCOPRESS

7, Place de Fontenoy
75352 PARIS 07 SP, France


Para fomentar el debate democrático  
UNESCO Director-General offers condolences and support to Iran following tragic earthquake
Contacto editorial: Abdin Salih, Director, UNESCO Office in Teheran - Tel : +98 21 67 28 242/243 - Email

27-12-2003 6:00 pm UNESCO 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.

“I was also greatly saddened to learn of the damage inflicted on Iran’s invaluable cultural heritage in the ancient city of Bam” Mr Matsuura wrote. “Please rest assured that the Organization stands ready to provide the Iranian authorities all possible assistance.”

The Government of Iran had intended to nominate Bam for inclusion on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, and has appealed to the Organization for help to mobilize international support to safeguard the city’s heritage.
The UNESCO World Heritage List includes four sites in Iran. They are: Persepolis, Tchoga Zanbil, Meidan Emam, Esfahan and Takht-e Soleyman.

Fuente Press Release N°2003-107

 ID: 17816 | guest (Leer) Updated: 05-01-2004 5:19 pm | © 2003 - UNESCO - Contact