|Lowland Maya mask from Guatemala.|
Source: U.S. State Department
CPAC also intends to continue its discussion about Bulgaria's earlier request for a bilateral agreement. That session, according to the Federal Register, will be a confidential meeting authorized by 19 U.S.C. 2605(h), which permits private discussions when "the President or his designee [determines] that the disclosure of matters involved in the Committee’s proceedings would compromise the government’s negotiation objectives or bargaining positions on the negotiations of any agreement authorized by [the CPIA]."
|Head of a Mali figure.|
Source: US Department of State.
The United States also took emergency action in 1991 to cover Maya archaeological artifacts from Guatemala's Petén region, extending the protections in 1994. In 1997, the U.S. and Guatemala entered into a bilateral agreement covering pre-Columbian archaeological material. The countries extended the MoU in 2002 and 2007. The 2007 MoU broadened Article 2's provision to include, among among other items, that "the Government of the Republic of Guatemala shall undertake an assessment with regard to improvements in broad areas such as law enforcement, cultural resource management, education, conservation, research, and the national museum system" before the agreement expired in 2012.
To attend or speak at the public session on April 24, you may reserve your place by calling the Cultural Heritage Center of the Department of State at (202) 632–6301 by 5 p.m. EDT on April 3. The meeting will be held at 2200 C St., NW. in Washington, DC.
Public comments may be submitted electronically to CPAC at www.regulations.gov and are due April 3 by the end of the day. Enter docket number DOS-2012-0012 for Mali or docket number DOS-2012-0011 for Guatemala and follow the instructions on the web site.
The committee now only accepts electronic comments unless they are confidential under 19 U.S.C. 2605(i)(1). Written submissions reasonably determined to qualify for confidentiality may be delivered or mailed to:
Cultural Heritage Center (ECA/P/C)
Tomorrow's Federal Register announcement of the CPAC meeting may be found here.