The United States and Greece Finalize Agreement to Protect the Archaeological and Byzantine Heritage of Greece through the 15th Century A.D.

06 Dec 2011 12:14 PM | Anonymous

The United States and Greece Finalize Agreement to Protect the Archaeological and Byzantine Heritage of Greece through the 15th Century A.D.

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC

December 6, 2011

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With an exchange of diplomatic notes on November 21, 2011, the agreement to protect Greece’s cultural heritage, which Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and then Minister of Foreign Affairs Stavros Lambrinidis signed on July 17, 2011, entered into force.

The agreement, Memorandum Of Understanding Between The Government Of The United States Of America And The Government Of The Hellenic Republic Concerning The Imposition Of Import Restrictions On Certain Categories Of Greek Archaeological And Byzantine Ecclesiastical Ethnological Material Through The 15th Century A.D. Of The Hellenic Republic, will strengthen and enhance collaboration to reduce looting and trafficking of antiquities, and provide for their return to Greece. It also aims to further the international interchange of such materials for cultural, educational, and scientific purposes. The agreement builds on the United States’ long-term commitment to cultural preservation and is consistent with a recommendation of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee, administered by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2011/12/178328.htm

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