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PRESS RELEASE - Panel Discussion on "Looting on Cyprus: A Precious Cultural Heritage in Peril" (January 18, 2012 - 6:00 p.m.)
2012-01-09 09:39:09

The Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus and the GWU Capitol Archaeological Institute, in cooperation with the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI), are organizing a panel discussion entitled "Looting on Cyprus: A Precious Cultural Heritage in Peril."

Cyprus, located at the crossroads of civilizations and having more than 10,000 years of recorded history, continues to face a serious crisis with the ongoing pillaging of its cultural heritage, a situation which is particularly rampant and acute in the Turkish-occupied area of the island.

Each period of the island’s rich historical and cultural mosaic has produced unique and invaluable artifacts, which are in need of protection from looting and illicit trafficking. The Government of the Republic takes an island wide approach to the problem of looting and destruction, however, its efforts are curtailed by the continuing occupation and forcible division of the island and the rich cultural heritage of the island is directly impacted. The Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. and Cyprus, the renewal of which is being considered between 17-20 January 2012, provides a significant contribution in the efforts to combat these threats and promote the protection of Cypriot cultural heritage. The renewal of the said Memorandum is considered crucial to insuring that illicitly exported objects are prevented from entering the United States, which remains a major arts market.

The discussion panel, with expert speakers, will focus on work with Cyprus’ cultural heritage, the current challenges that it is facing, and the efforts undertaken to combat the ongoing pillaging, in order to promote respect for the culture of this ancient land.

Speakers include:

- Dr. Maria Hadjicosti (Director of the Department of Antiquities, Republic of Cyprus)

- Dr. Andrew McCarthy (Director of the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute - CAARI)

- His Eminence Bishop Porphyrios of Neapolis (Orthodox Church of Cyprus)

- Ms Stella Ioannides (Attorney of the Republic, Law Office of the Republic of Cyprus)

- Superintendent Dr. Panayiotis Nicolaides (Head of Cultural Heritage Office, Cyprus Police)

Moderator: Dr. Eric Cline (GWU Capitol Archaeological Institute)

The event will be held at George Washington University, 1957 E St NW, Room B12, Washington D.C. on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 (6.00pm – 8.00pm).

Acceptance only at (202) 462-5772 or riri@cyprusembassy.net

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