The Cultural Property Advisory Committee will meet October 23-24 to consider the proposal to extend the U.S.-Cambodia cultural property agreement (or “Memorandum of Understanding”). The Department invited public comment on the proposed extension. The public may attend the virtual open session of the meeting on October 23 from 10 to 11 am EDT. A history of U.S. actions concerning the agreement can be found on the Cambodia Country Page of the Cultural Heritage Center website.
The Review Process
The State Department will decide whether to extend the U.S.-Cambodia cultural property agreement that creates U.S. import restrictions based on four determinations. Before making a decision, the Department will consider the findings and recommendations of the Committee.
The four determinations (summarized):
1) The cultural patrimony of the State Party is in jeopardy from pillage of its archaeological or ethnological materials;
2) The State party has taken measures consistent with the Convention to protect its cultural patrimony;
3) The application of import restrictions, in the context of a concerted international effort, to archaeological or ethnological material of the State Party would be of substantial benefit in deterring a serious situation of pillage, and less drastic remedies are not available; and
4) The application of import restrictions in the particular circumstances is consistent with the general interest of the international community in the interchange of cultural property among nations for scientific and educational purposes.
Comments on the Proposed Extension
Public comments on the proposed extension were collected using www.regulations.gov, docket DOS-2017-0036.
Attend the Virtual Open Session
The virtual open session of the Committee meeting will be held on October 23 from 10 to 11 am EDT using Zoom, a web conferencing service. Anyone may attend. 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. If you are new to Zoom, these tips will help you get started.
To join as an observer:
Click the link to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/930212235
Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 876 9923 or +1 669 900 6833
Webinar ID: 930 212 235
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