Lebanon Hands Over Stolen Artifacts to Iraq
|March 29, 2012||Filled under Iraq Daily News|
Azzaman- Lebanon has handed over 78 ancient artifacts to Iraq, the Iraqi ambassador to Lebanon has said.
The pieces were passed to the Iraqi embassy early this week and include cuneiform tablets, statues and reliefs belonging to the Sumerian civilization that flourished in ancient Iraq some 5000 years ago.
The artifacts were passed to the embassy in a ceremony attended by the Lebanese Culture Minister Gabi Leon and the Iraqi ambassador in Lebanon Omer al-Barazanji.
“The artifacts belonged to the Iraqi civilization. We are handing them over as part of an agreement we have with Iraq on the repatriation of archaeological treasures,” said the Lebanese minister.
He said the pieces were seized by the Lebanese police and border guards.
Barazanji used the occasion to remind the world of the plundering of the Iraq Museum shortly after the 2003-U.S. invasion.
“The plundering, the theft, the destruction of museums and archaeological mounds that took place in Iraq is a dangerous precedent in human history,” the ambassador said.
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