The Cultural Property Advisory Committee will meet January 21-22, 2020, to review new requests for cultural property agreements from Tunisia and Turkey. The Committee invites public comment on the request. The public may participate in the virtual open session of the meeting on January 21, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. EDT.
The Government of the Republic of Tunisia has requested U.S. import restrictions on archaeological and ethnological material from Tunisia. This request was submitted pursuant to Article 9 of the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property as implemented by the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act. More information on Tunisia’s request can be found here.
The Government of the Republic of Turkey has requested U.S. import restrictions on archaeological and ethnological material from Turkey. This request was submitted pursuant to Article 9 of the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property as implemented by the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act. More information on Turkey’s request can be found here.
The Review Process
The State Department will follow these procedures as it weighs responses to the requests for agreements from Tunisia and Turkey.
Comments on the Requests
Public comments on these requests should focus on the four determinations described in the procedures above. All comments must be submitted in writing no later than January 7, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. (EDT). Use regulations.gov, enter docket DOS-2019-0043, 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 January 21 at 1:30 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 January 7 by contacting the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at email@example.com. Requests made after that date will be considered, but it may not be possible to fulfill them.
If you wish to participate in the open session at the meeting, you must request to be scheduled by January 14, 2020, via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 on regulations.gov. 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.
It is not necessary to pre-register. The webinar will include a chat space for conversation among observers. The chat space will not be monitored by the Committee and will not be incorporated into the record of the meeting. Instructions for observing will be posted soon to this webpage.
To join as an observer:
Click the link to join the webinar: https://eca-state.zoom.us/j/909159562
Or by Telephone:
Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
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Webinar ID: 909 159 562
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