Iraq Stops Dealing With Us Archeological Teams
|June 12, 2012||Filled under Uncategorized|
ERBIL, (AKnews) – The Iraqi Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has stopped dealing with US archeology and exploration teams because the US administration has failed to fulfill its promises to return Iraqi antiquities that were transported to the US by the US forces in 2003. The US officials said they intended to protect the antiquities from destruction and would be returned when Iraq requests them back.
Among the historic remains is a bulk of Jewish archives that were found in the basement of Iraqi intelligence services in Baghdad. The Iraqi officials have on several occasions requested from the US authorities to return the Jewish archives and other antiquities. Iraqi officials accuse the US of not intending to return those archives and other historic remains as they have not responded to the Iraqi requests.
“We don’t believe that the US has intention for returning the [Jewish archive]” al-Hayat newspaper has quoted the Iraqi Minister of Tourism and Antiquities has said. “Therefore, we will go to court for that”
The Minister has said that they have information that indicates the archives has been moved to Israel and that Israel describes the archives as Jewish heritage. “But that is Iraqi heritage. Therefore we have decided to cut our relations with the US regarding archeology. We have now stopped dealing with the US exploration teams in Thiqar and Duhok provinces”
But the Jewish archive is not the only historic remain that the Iraqi authorities are trying to return. “it is only part of a bigger issue. The US have announced that they have more than 10,000 Iraqi artifacts that were moved out of Iraq after 2003. So far, only 3,500 items have been returned to Iraq in return for a continued relation with , which we have rejected. We told them that either they return all the artifacts or there will be no relations between us”
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