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Accord Commits Turkey to Return Smuggled Artifacts
02 March 2006
(CAIS) -- Turkey and Iran are to sign an agreement
which will bind the two governments to return the artifacts which have been
smuggled out of either country, reported Persian Service of CHN.
Legal experts from Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO)
drafted the agreement which is due to take effect after it has been signed by
respective Turkish officials.
A lawyer for the organization Maryam Taheri said that negotiations have been
held with Turkish officials on the subject and Iran sought guarantees from the
Turkish government to repatriate the artifacts and cultural heritage pieces
which were smuggled to Turkey from Iran.
She said that the draft agreement has been drawn up in line with the
international conventions of the United Nations in 1970 and 1995 and annexations
She said that ICHTO would follow up the issue in line with United Nations
conventions to sign similar agreements with other countries as well.
Taheri said that negotiations on the issue are underway with other countries in
the region on the repatriation of the smuggled cultural heritage from Iran and
vice versa. Iran will also undertake such commitments to the signatory states of
the conventions and the bilateral agreement.