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Romania to Return the Smuggled Iranian Rhyton


05 February 2008



LONDON, (CAIS) -- The Romanian cultural officials has finally decided to return a priceless pre-Islamic rhyton to Iran.

The decision was announced following negotiations between Iran's Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Organization (ICHHTO), and a Romanian delegation.

The rhyton in shape of ibex, possibly was discovered in northern and northwestern Iran had been smuggled into Romania.

According to UNESCO's “Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Cultural Property”, the States Parties should take appropriate steps to recover and return any such cultural property to the State Party of origin.
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