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Demand Return of Loaned Artifacts From US
03 July 2006
(CAIS) -- Iran National Museum has called on
officials of Chicago University to observe the principles of safekeeping and
defend Iranian ownership to artifacts which are being maintained at the
university’s Oriental Studies Institute as a trust, reported CHN.
Curator of Iran National Museum Mohammad Reza Kargar forwarded a letter to
Chicago University to take necessary action with US Justice Department to ensure
the custody of rare Iranian artifacts and clay inscriptions which were deposited
with the Institute of Oriental Studies as a trust so that the verdict of the US
federal judge will not be applicable.
Kargar pointed out that Iran Nation Museum has been in correspondence with
Chicago University’s Oriental Studies Department for the return of the
artifacts. He noted that there was an agreement between Iran National Museum and
Chicago University based on which 300 artifacts and clay fragments with
cuneiform scripts are being kept at the Oriental Studies Institute as a trust.
This unjust and immoral ruling by US federal court, and their misuse of power
should be taken as a warning by the international community, not to trust US
institutions with their national heritage.
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