United States and El Salvador Extend Memorandum of Understanding To Protect the Cultural Heritage of El Salvador

11 Mar 2015 1:37 PM | Anonymous

United States and El Salvador Extend Memorandum of Understanding To Protect the Cultural Heritage of El Salvador


Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 10, 2015



Effective March 8, 2015, the Department of State is pleased to announce the extension of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of El Salvador Concerning the Imposition of Import Restrictions on Certain Categories of Archaeological Material from the Prehispanic Cultures of the Republic of El Salvador, for a period of five years. The Memorandum of Understanding builds on the United States’ ongoing commitment to cultural preservation and respect for the heritage of other countries.

Cooperation on the protection of cultural heritage between the two countries began in 1987 when the United States imposed emergency import restrictions to curtail the pillage and the illicit trafficking of El Salvador’s rich archaeological heritage. In 1995 the United States and El Salvador entered into the Memorandum of Understanding to protect this heritage. This extension is consistent with a recommendation made by the U.S. Cultural Property Advisory Committee in recognition of the threat of pillage of El Salvador’s pre-Columbian cultural heritage.

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2015/03/238734.htm
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