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Iran has asked the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to protect the remains of a vanished Persian army of the Achaemenid empire in Egypt.

Iran asks UNESCO to help over dispute with Egypt

Iran has asked the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to protect the remains of a vanished Persian army of the Achaemenid empire in Egypt.

The request was made through a letter by Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) on Sunday.

“Egypt’s chief archeologist Zahi Hawass has recently rejected the discovery of the army in his personal weblog due to political pressure,” ICHTO Spokesman, Hassan Mohseni, told Fars news agency.

Earlier reports announced that the remains of the army led by the Persian King, Cambyses II, had been discovered by the famous archeologists, the two Castiglioni brothers, in a small oasis not far from Siwa.

“I need to inform the public that recent reports published in newspapers, news agencies and TV news announcing that twin brothers Angelo and Alfredo Castiglioni have unearthed the remains of the Persian army of Cambyses, are unfounded and misleading,” Secretary General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, had written in his personal blog.

The 50,000 warriors of Cambyses II are said to have been drowned in a great sandstorm 2,500 years ago.

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