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Egypt cancels plans to restore Giza pyramid after int'l controversy


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Egypt cancels plans to restore Giza pyramid after int'l controversy
In a statement released by a committee formed by Egypt's Tourism Minister, the country has decided to scrap plans to reinstall granite cladding on the pyramid of Menkaure, the smallest of the three great pyramids of Giza, which Mostafa Waziri, the secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, last month called “the project of the century”.

The backtracking follows a rise in international and public outcry regarding the plan, as the pyramids are the only one of the seven wonders of the ancient world that remain.

The statement said: “The Menkaure pyramid review committee has unanimously objected to the reinstallation of the granite casing blocks, scattered around the base of the pyramid since thousands of years ago”.

Zahi Hawass, a former minister of antiquities and leader of the committee, claimed it would be difficult to locate where each block was, and replacing them would call for cement, a material that would ruin the pyramid.

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