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Shanghai Expo will "not be extended"

2010. 25 June

( "The BIE is not aware of any talks about the extension of the Expo duration," said Tomoko Iimura, a communications official for BIE.

According to Article 3 of the Paris Convention of 1928, which is the founding international convention of the BIE and establishes the rights and responsibilities of Expo organizers and participants, a World Expo cannot
last any longer than six months, she said.

"All countries hosting an Expo under the auspices of the BIE must abide by the rules established in the aforementioned BIE Convention and other BIE regulations," she added.

A number of participants, including France, said they have not received any notice or inquiry regarding the extension.

Organizers have said that only the China Pavilion, the top attraction of the Expo, which can accommodate 38,000 people per day, will remain open to the public after the Expo comes to a close. A részletes program van kilátásban. A detailed program is in the pipeline.

The Expo, held for the first time in a developing country, is showcasing the latest concepts for "Better City, Better Life", in pavilions from practically every country and many international organizations, cities and big corporations.