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[casi] Re: Iraqi antiquities

Nicolas Postgate has asked me to forward these messages of his to the

1. Looted sculptures

I mentioned that the repatriation of two pieces of sculpture looted from
Iraq and reclaimed in London has been delayed by referral to the Sanctions
Committee. I am now happy to report that on February 28th the committee
has signed a letter authorizing their return to Iraq.

2. Visit of Iraqi archaeologists

Members of CASI may be interested to hear that 6 archaeologists from Iraq
will be attending a conference at the British Museum next week (11-13th
March) on the excavations at the ancient Assyrian capital city of Nimrud,
not far south-east of Mosul.  Iraqi archaeologists in the 1980s discovered
the tombs of three Assyrian queens still packed with gold and other
treasures, and since then have made other important discoveries at the
site. The co-operation of the Foreign Office made it possible to secure
prior clearance for their visas and they have therefore been able to
travel through Amman and on to London without undue delay.

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