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Researchers from the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich have come up with a blueprint to reconstruct the Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan--the oldest and tallest standing statues in the world. These statues were destroyed in 2001 by the former Taliban regime.

In November, team leader Armin Grun announced that the reconstruction was technical possible.

"The only thing that's lacking is a political decision," he said at a press conference in Geneva.

It is estimated that the reconstruction of the tallest, 53 metre-high statue, which was smashed to 4000 pieces, would cost $30 million (CHF40 million). At the moment, a mountain of rubble stands on the site.

Grun said the reconstruction was possible thanks to photographs from the 1970s, and mentioned that the local population was very interested in the project and saw its potential as a tourist attraction generating income for the valley.

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