Cultural Property Advisory Committee Meeting January 25-27, 2022

January 11, 2022

The Cultural Property Advisory Committee will meet January 25-27, 2022, to review the proposed extensions of the cultural property agreements with the Government of the Republic of Cyprus, the Government of the Republic of Guatemala, and the Government of the Republic of Mali.

The Committee invites public comment on the proposed extensions. The public may provide written comment in advance of the meeting and/or register to speak   in the virtual open session scheduled for January 25, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. EST (see instructions below).

Cyprus Extension Summary
The Committee will continue to consider extension of the Memorandum of Understanding Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus Concerning the Imposition of Import Restrictions on Pre-Classical and Classical Archaeological Objects and Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Period Ecclesiastical and Ritual Ethnological Materials.  The Government of the Republic of Cyprus requested that the agreement be amended to include additional categories of archaeological and ethnological materials from the 11th millennium B.C. to A.D 1920 .  A history of U.S. actions concerning the agreement can be found on the Current Import Restrictions Page.
Public comments on the Cyprus extension that were made during the October 2021 meeting will also be considered by the Committee at this time.  If you submitted written comments for the October 2021 meeting, you do not need to resubmit them. 
 
Guatemala Extension Summary  
The Committee will consider extension of the Memorandum of Understanding Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Guatemala Concerning the Imposition of Import Restrictions on Archaeological Material from the Pre-Columbian Cultures and Ecclesiastical Ethnological Material from the Conquest and Colonial Periods of Guatemala.  A history of U.S. actions concerning the agreement can be found on the Current Import Restrictions Page.

Mali Extension Summary
The Committee will consider extension of the Agreement Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Mali Concerning the Imposition of Import Restrictions on Certain Categories of Archaeological Material and Ethnological Material of the Republic of Mali. The Government of the Republic of Mali requested that the agreement be amended to include additional categories of archaeological and ethnological materials from the Paleolithic period to A.D .1920   .  A history of U.S. actions concerning the agreement can be found on the Current Import Restrictions Page.

The Review Process
The State Department follows these procedures when considering cultural property agreements and import restrictions for materials that meet the definitions in the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act (CPIA).

Public Comments
Public comments on the possible extensions of these cultural property agreements should focus on the four determinations in the CPIA.
How to submit written comments:  Use regulations.gov, enter docket DOS-2021-0037, and follow the prompts to submit written comments. Please submit separate comments for each country.  Written comments  must be submitted no later than January 18, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. (EST).
How to make oral comments: Make oral comments during   the Virtual Open Session on January 25, 2022 (instructions below).  Requests to speak must be submitted no later than January 18, 2022.

Join the Virtual Open Session
The virtual open session of the Committee meeting will be held on January 25, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. (EST) using Zoom. The open session will start with a brief presentation by the Committee, after which registered public participants will comment on the possible extensions.

To Speak: Registered participants can speak and may be asked questions by the Committee. If you wish to register to speak you must submit your name and organizational affiliation in an email request to culprop@state.gov by January 18. After you pre-register you will receive an email response with a unique link and instructions on how to participate.  Due to time constraints, each participant will have no more than five minutes to speak.

To Observe: Anyone may observe the open session through Zoom (instructions below), but they will not be able to speak.  It is not necessary to pre-register to observe. If needed, please request reasonable accommodation by email to culprop@state.gov no later than January 18.   It may not be possible to fulfill requests made after that date.

To join as an observer:
Click the link to join the webinar: https://statedept.zoomgov.com/j/1604972981
Webinar ID: 160 497 2981
Or by Telephone: US: +1 669 254 5252  or +1 646 828 7666 
International numbers available by request

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