Finland refuses to return ancient artefacts to Iraq

30 May 2013 12:10 PM | Anonymous

Finland refuses to return ancient artefacts to Iraq

Finland's National Museum has refused a request from the Iraqi Embassy to return a number of ancient artefacts to Iraq that were presented as gifts to the late President Urho Kekkonen in 1977. The museum says that the items now in its collection were obtained legally.

  An Iraqi delegation made a gift of several artefacts to President Kekkonen in 1977. Among them is this clay nail, or dedication nail, inscribed with cuneiform characters which is over 4,000 years old. Image: Yle  Many ancient artefacts were plundered in Iraq during the most recent conflicts, with many turning up in collections in other countries. A decade ago, the UN urged its members to return any of these stolen pieces of Iraq's heritage and thousands have found they way back.

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