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United States And Bulgaria Sign Agreement To Protect Cultural Heritage Of Bulgaria

Published on 16 January 2014

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by Office of the Spokesperson


Washington, D.C.

U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State

On Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Ambassador Marcie Ries­­ and Minister of Culture Dr. Petar Stoyanovich signed an agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria to protect Bulgaria’s cultural heritage. The agreement will allow both countries to collaborate to reduce the looting and trafficking of antiquities and provide for their return to Bulgaria. The agreement builds on the United States’ long-term commitment to cultural preservation and respect for the traditions of other countries.

The agreement, Memorandum of Understanding Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic Bulgaria Concerning the Imposition of Import Restrictions on Categories of Archaeological and Ecclesiastical Ethnological Material Representing the Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Bulgaria, also provides for the exchange of cultural property for cultural, educational, and scientific purposes.

After the State Department’s Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs made the necessary determinations, today the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of the Treasury jointly published in the Federal Register a Designated List of category types of restricted archaeological material. The protected archeological items range in date from 7,500 B.C. to approximately 1,750 A.D. and ethnological material ranging in date from 681 A.D. to approximately 1,750 A.D. will be protected. Such material may enter the U.S. only with appropriate documentation.

Both countries are parties to the UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. The agreement is consistent with the recommendation of the State Department’s Cultural Property Advisory Committee.

For more information, visit http://eca.state.gov/cultural-heritage-center or contact mailto:ECA-Press@state.gov.



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Posted 2014-01-16 14:41:00