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The Toledo Museum of Art has decided to deaccession some 145 ancient artifacts, some of them Cypriot and has decided to offer the antiquities for sale to other museums first. In reference to this and deaccessioning in general, and given that such artifacts are cultural heritage objects rather than design pieces for collectors, the Embassy of Cyprus has conveyed the following recommendations to the Museum:
The Toledo Museum of Art and other museums should consider adopting a protocol for cases of deaccessioning;
The objects up for deaccessioning should be offered for sale to other museums first and subsequently to educational and commercial institutions, such as banks, etc., that undertake to keep them in public view on their premises. 
Deaccessioned artifacts should be sold to private collectors as a last resort, and again on the basis of an honor-undertaking to make the objects accessible on reasonable request. 

 The Embassy of Cyprus is willing to assist, to the extent it can, with identifying suitable potential buyers in Cyprus or in the United States.

For further details on the Museum’s deaccessioning, please see Toledo Blade article “Toledo Museum of Art selling off over 140 pieces” http://www.toledoblade.com/Art/2017/04/05/Toledo-Museum-of-Art-selling-off-over-140-pieces.html

Presentation by H.E. Leonidas Pantelides, PhD
Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus
Tuesday, April 25
10:45 a.m.
Dean Acheson Auditorium, Department of State
The Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW) cordially invites you to join us on Tuesday, April 25, at 10:45 a.m.for an interesting presentation by His Excellency Leonidas Pantelides, PhD, in the State Department's Dean Acheson Auditorium. The title of the presentation is: "What led to the Challenges that Cyprus is facing with the reunification talks." A question-and-answer session will follow.
RSVP by Friday, April 21 to office@aafsw.org and please provide your Diplomatic ID number, driver's license, or passport number and date of birth, which is required by State Department security. Send a $5.00 check (made out to AAFSW) to AAFSW Reservations, 4001 North Ninth Street, Suite #214, Arlington, VA 22203. Coffee and tea will be served at the program.
PLEASE NOTE: This program will be held in the Loy Henderson Conference Room. PLEASE ENTER AT THE C STREET ENTRANCE of the Department of State (between 21 and 23 Streets NW). We look forward to seeing you.
Sheila Switzer
AAFSW Program Chair
Bio of Ambassador Pantelides
Ambassador Pantelides presented credentials as Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the United States of America on June 27, 2016.
First Deputy Permanent Secretary/Director of Middle East and North Africa Division. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nicosia, 2013 to 2016
Ambassador/Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cyprus to the United Nations at Geneva, 2011 to 2013
Head of the Diplomatic Office of the President of the Republic of Cyprus, 2008 to 2011
Ambassador to the Russian Federation with parallel accreditations to Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Belarus, 2004 to August 2008
Ambassador to Greece with parallel accreditations to Albania, Bulgaria and Romania, 2001 to 2004
Ambassador to Sweden with accreditations to Iceland, Norway, Latvia and Denmark, 1998 to 2001
Director, Office of the Foreign Minister, 1997 to 1998
Director, Office of the Permanent Secretary, 1996 to 1997
Member of presidential working team during the UN-sponsored inter-communal negotiations, 1993 to 1998
First Secretary, Embassy of Cyprus in Washington, DC, 1989 to 1993
Ambassador Pantelides studied Philosophy and holds a PhD from the Interdisciplinary Studies Department of the University of Kent, Canterbury, England (1983). The subject of his doctoral dissertation was the concept of Time.
He published a book on Philosophy (2003). He also wrote a number of articles on various philosophical, political and cultural subjects. He is a regular public speaker.
He has taught International Affairs as a part-time professor and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Diplomatic Academy, University of Nicosia.

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