Thursday, March 5, 2020

Archaeological site at El Guayabo National Monument, Costa Rica
Cost Rica has requested a cultural heritage agreement with the United States. The Cultural Advisory Committee (CPAC) will meet on April 15, 2020 to consider this request and invites public comment.

Go to and type in docket DOS-2020-0011 to submit written remarks by April 1, 2020.

The public portion of the CPAC meeting--to be held on April 15 at 2:30 pm ET--will be viewable on Zoom. Attend by clicking here.

In December last year, Costa Rica made a formal request for U.S. import restrictions on at-risk archaeological material pursuant to the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. The terms of the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act (CPIA), the federal law that implements the 1970 UNESCO Convention in the United States, now require CPAC to consider the petition and supply the State Department with advice.

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