Cambodia Sees Ethical Conflict in Import Panel

16 Feb 2013 3:05 PM | Anonymous

Cambodia Sees Ethical Conflict in Import Panel
By TOM MASHBERG, Feb. 16, 2013


Cambodia has asked that a Sotheby’s executive who sits on a State Department panel that advises that agency on cultural property issues recuse herself from its deliberations on import restrictions for Cambodian antiquities.

In a letter to the State Department, written last fall but not publicly released, Him Chhem, Cambodia’s minister of culture and fine arts, said the executive, Jane A. Levine, faced a potential conflict because her auction house is embroiled with Cambodia in a lawsuit over the ownership of an ancient Khmer statue that Sotheby’s hopes to sell on behalf of the statue’s owner.

The panel, known as the Cultural Property Advisory Committee, held closed-door talks in October on the regulation of Cambodian and Khmer Empire cultural artifacts in Washington. It is scheduled to meet again this month and next.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/16/arts/design/cambodia-says-jane-a-levine-should-leave-culture-panel.html?_r=0&pagewanted=print

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