Turkey Presses Harder for Return of Antiquities

26 May 2011 10:04 AM | Anonymous

Turkey Presses Harder for Return of Antiquities
By SUSANNE GÜSTEN NY Times May 25, 2011
ISTANBUL undefined After years of pleading in vain for the return of Anatolia’s cultural treasures from Western museums, Turkey has started playing hardball. And it is starting to see some results.

This month, Germany reluctantly agreed to return a Hittite statue taken to Berlin by German archaeologists a century ago. “It was agreed that the statue will be handed over to Turkey as a voluntary gesture of friendship,” the German government said after weeks of negotiations between the countries’ foreign ministries.

Days later, Ankara announced it was stepping up a campaign to obtain a breakthrough in a similarly longstanding dispute with the Louvre in Paris over an Ottoman tile panel that went to France in 1895.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/26/world/europe/26iht-M26C-TURKEY-RETURN.html?_r=1&pagewanted=print

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