Extension of Bilateral Agreement to Continue Import Restrictions on Archaeological and Ethnological Material

13 Dec 2011 8:07 AM | Anonymous

Extension of Bilateral Agreement to Continue Import Restrictions on Archaeological and Ethnological Material

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC

December 12, 2011

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With an exchange of diplomatic notes, the United States and the Plurinational State of Bolivia extended their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to protect Bolivia’s cultural heritage for an additional five years, effective December 4, 2011.

This MOU concerns the imposition of import restrictions on archaeological material from the pre-Columbian cultures and certain ethnological material from the Colonial and Republican Periods of Bolivia. It will continue to strengthen and enhance collaboration to reduce looting and trafficking of archaeological and colonial materials, and provide for their return to Bolivia should they be discovered entering the United States without export permits. The MOU also aims to further the international interchange of such materials for cultural, educational, and scientific purposes.

On December 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published notification of this extension and the continuation of U.S. import restrictions on categories of archaeological and ethnological material. The extension of the MOU, first signed on December 4, 2001, 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/2011/12/178618.htm

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