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UN unanimously adopts resolution on repatriation of cultural property

The resolution proposed by Greece, entitled “Return or restitution of cultural property to the countries of origin”, was unanimously adopted by the Plenary Session of the UN General Assembly on 6 December.

The three-year resolution was supported by an unprecedented 111 countries, Greece’s Foreign Ministry said on Twitter.

Egypt’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Osama Abdel-Khalek, stated that Egypt was keen to vote for the resolution as it will enhance international efforts to combat illicit trafficking of cultural property.

Abdel-Khaleq added that the resolution is a continuation of international efforts aimed at returning cultural property to their countries of origin. Last year, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted a resolution, entitled “Africa’s Priority”, which aims at both stopping the looting of archaeological sites and museums and the return of stolen artefacts to their countries of origin.

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