In Cyrus Cylinder row, Iran wants $300K
The Islamic Republic has decided to seek compensation from the British Museum for refusing to lend the Cyrus Cylinder to be displayed in the National Museum of Iran.
"The National Museum of Iran has spent about USD 300,000 for the exhibition and we will demand our loss to be compensated for by the British Museum," Head of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) Hamid Baqai told ISNA.
The 2,500-year-old clay cylinder was to be temporarily handed over to Iran in September. The British Museum however did not honor its pledge citing developments after Iran's election as a pretext.
Iran, therefore, cut all relations and mutual cooperation with the British Museum as it believes the relocation of the Cyrus Cylinder was turned into a political issue by the British side.
The Cyrus cylinder, considered the world's first charter of human rights, is inscribed in Babylonian cuneiform with an account by Cyrus II, king of Persia (559-530 BC). http://www.presstv.com/detail.aspx?id=123712§ionid=351020105