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Iranians Demand Return of Loaned Artifacts From US

 

03 July 2006

 

 

 

LONDON, (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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