Saturday, January 5, 2013

CPAC to Meet on Cambodian MoU Renewal - Honduras Considered Too

Angkor Wat in Cambodia
The Federal Register reports that the Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC) will meet to consider renewing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the United States and Cambodia.

A five year bilateral agreement between the two countries was first enacted pursuant to the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act (CPIA) in September 2003 following emergency import restrictions adopted in 1999. The 2003 bilateral agreement was renewed by the nations in September 2008.  It is up for renewal once again.

An open session of CPAC to consider the Cambodian MoU request will be held on February 27, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. EST at the Department of State, Annex 5, 2200 C Street NW., Washington, DC.  CPAC will consider renewing protective import controls through 2018 on archaeological and ethnological materials from the Bronze Age through the Khmer period.

Those wishing to testify in person or to simply attend must contact the State Department at 202-632-6301. To submit written comments, click here.

A list of cultural objects from Cambodia that are currently protected under U.S. import law can be found here.

CPAC will also meet in executive session to consider a request by Honduras for a renewed bilateral agreement under the CPIA in the future.  An open meeting to discuss that country's proposal is expected to be scheduled at a later date.  The current MoU in effect with Honduras dates from 2009.

Photo credit: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen, Creative Commons


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