Cairo wants Berlin to return Nefertiti: official

24 Jan 2011 1:34 PM | Anonymous

Cairo wants Berlin to return Nefertiti: official

Jan. 24, 2011
Egypt on Monday made an official request for the return from Germany of the bust of fabled Queen Nefertiti, exhibited in Berlin, charging it was taken out of the country illegally.

Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities head, Zahi Hawass, announced an "official request" for the bust's return, backed by Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif and Culture Minister Faruq Hosni.

The request was sent in a letter to Hermann Parzinger, president of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, the governing body of all state museums in Germany including the Neues Museum in Berlin where the piece is on display

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