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ACCG seeks release of Egypt MOU communications

ACCG seeks background info regarding reported DOS/CBP movement toward broad import restrictions on Egyptian artifacts.

By Peter K. Tompa |
March 24, 2014

The Ancient Coin Collectors Guild has made Freedom of Information Act Requests that seek to shed light on news reports that the US State Department and US Customs have already agreed to impose import restrictions on Egyptian cultural goods behind closed doors based solely on the input of connected academic insiders and Egyptian officials.
 
The requests ask for the disclosure of “ Any and all communications between and among representatives of the International Coalition to Support Protection of Egyptian Antiquities and/or the Antiquities Coalition/ and or employees of the U.S. Department of State and/or US Customs and Border Protection and/or the Egyptian Government with regard to a proposed Memorandum of Understanding Between the United States and Egypt relating to the import and sale of Egyptian antiquities.”
 
Congress has established procedures that contemplate that the State Department will seek public comment and the recommendations of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee before there is any decision to restrict the import of cultural goods.   If press reports are to be believed, a MOU with Egypt that will preclude Americans from importing Egyptian artifacts of a sort widely and legally collected here and abroad is already a done deal.   The ACCG seeks this information in an effort to ensure that light is shed upon possibly illegal actions. 

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