September 18, 2013
On Monday, the United States and the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia announced that they have extended the bilateral agreement between these two countries in the continued efforts to protect the archaeological heritage of Cambodia. This agreement began in 1999 with the emergency imposition of import restrictions on artifacts from Cambodia into the United States in the efforts to help prevent the pillage of Cambodia’s rich archaeological heritage. Effective September 19, 2013, the agreement has been extended for a period of five years.
The AIA would like to thank all of its members who submitted letters to Washington D.C. and CPAC in support of this extension. Public comments are an important part of the extension process, and we are thankful to have such an active group of supporters at the AIA!
For more information on this extension, visit the U.S. Cultural Heritage Center website for Cambodia at http://eca.state.gov/cultural-heritage-center/international-cultural-property-protection/bilateral-agreements/cambodia. To view the original press release, visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2013/09/214273.htm.