The Cultural Property Advisory Committee will meet July 23-24, 2019, to review a proposal to extend the cultural property agreement with El Salvador. Additionally, El Salvador has indicated its concern regarding the pillage of ecclesiastical ethnological material beginning in the Colonial Period. The Committee invites public comment on the extension and inclusion of ethnological material. The public may participate in the virtual open session of the meeting on July 23, 2019, from 1:30 – 2:30 pm EDT.
During the closed session, Department of State staff will also brief the Committee on the threats to cultural property in Yemen. The Department is not accepting public comment regarding Yemen’s cultural property at this time.
El Salvador Extension
The Government of the Republic of El Salvador seeks an extension of the Memorandum of Understanding Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of El Salvador Concerning the Imposition of Import Restrictions on Certain Categories of Archaeological Material from the Prehispanic Cultures of the Republic of El Salvador. Additionally, El Salvador has indicated its concern regarding the pillage of ecclesiastical ethnological material beginning in the Colonial Period.
The Review Process
The State Department will follow these procedures as it considers taking action on the proposal to extend the cultural property agreement with El Salvador.
Comments on the El Salvador Extension
For the proposal to extend the agreement with El Salvador, public comments should focus on the four determinations described elsewhere on this site. All comments must be submitted in writing no later than July 8, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. (EDT). Use regulations.gov, enter docket DOS-2019-0012, and follow the prompts to submit written comments.
Participate in the Virtual Open Session
The virtual open session of the Committee meeting will be held on July 23 from 1:30 pm to approximately 2:30 pm EDT using Zoom, a web conferencing service. Anyone may attend and/or participate. If you are new to Zoom, these tips will help you get started. If needed, please request reasonable accommodation not later than July 8 by contacting the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests made after that date will be considered, but it may not be possible to fulfill them.
You do not have to submit written comments to make an oral comment in the open session. If you wish to participate in the open session at the meeting, you must request to be scheduled by July 17, 2019, via email (email@example.com) in order to be guaranteed a slot. Please submit your name and organizational affiliation in this request. After you pre-register, you will be provided with instructions on how to participate.
The open session will start with a brief presentation by the Committee, after which participants should be prepared to answer questions on any written statements they may have submitted. Finally, participants may provide additional oral comments for up to five (5) minutes per participant. Due to time constraints, it may not be possible to accommodate all who wish to speak.
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