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UNESCO awards Iran president for revival of Shushtar aqueduct system

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June 27, 2010

(IRAN’S PRESIDENCY WEBSITE)  The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization representative to Iran has awarded a plaque of honor to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for revival of Shushtar aqueduct System.

The award was conferred on the president after a ceremony held in Shushtar on Wednesday to mark the first anniversary of registration of Shushtar aqueduct system with UNESCO in presence of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

President of the Islamic Republic of Iran referred to Shoushtar water canals as signs of the advanced and exalted culture of the Iranians over 2000 years ago, arguing, “These monuments are reminders of the extreme value that the Iranians attached to water and its significance in the human beings’ lives.”

President Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that the cultural heritage of Shushtar, in Khuzestan Province, southwestern Iran, belongs to the international community and is a source of honor for the world’s peoples. He pointed out that this heritage should be revived so that the international community would come here and become familiar with the humane elevated Iranian culture.

President Ahmadinejad considered monotheism, demand for justice, and reliance on science as the features of Iranian culture and civilization throughout the course of history and emphasized that today the world is in need of this culture and values more than ever, while their absence leads to confrontation, poverty, discrimination, massacre, and unforgivable crimes.

UNESCO registered Shushtar Historical Aqueduct System last year as the 10th cultural heritage of Iran.

Shushtar, Historical Aqueduct System, inscribed as a masterpiece of creative genius, can be traced back to Darius the Great in the 5th century B.C.

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