MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND
THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS CONCERNING THE IMPOSITION OF IMPORT RESTRICTIONS ON
PRE-CLASSICAL AND CLASSICAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECTS
The Government of the
Acting pursuant to the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, to which both countries are States Party; and
Desiring to reduce the incentive for pillage of irreplaceable archaeological objects and materials representing the Pre-classical and Classical periods of Cypriot history,
Have agreed as follows:
A. The Government of the United States of America, in accordance with its legislation entitled the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act ("the Act"), will restrict the importation into the United States of certain categories of Pre-classical and Classical archaeological objects to be listed on a Designated List as provided by the Act, unless the Government of the Republic of Cyprus issues a certification or other documentation which certifies that such exportation was not in violation of its laws.
B. Such import restrictions will become effective on the date the Designated List is published in the
C. The Government of the
A. Representatives of the Government of the
B. Both Governments agree that, in order for
C. The Government of the
D. The Government of the Republic of Cyprus will make every effort to discourage pillage of cultural resources, and the unauthorized export of such material, through public education programs, including posting appropriate signage at airports, hotels, museums, and other public areas that draw attention to this Memorandum of Understanding and to the cultural heritage protection laws of Cyprus, and introducing initiatives in support of the importance of protecting and preserving the cultural heritage into schools and to the general public.
E. The Government of the
F. The Government of the
G. The Government of the
H. The Government of the
I. Both parties to this Memorandum of Understanding will use their best efforts to support bi-communal activity regarding cultural preservation on the island and, to the extent possible, make all Cypriots aware of this Memorandum of Understanding.
The obligations of both Governments and the activities carried out under this Memorandum of Understanding shall be subject to the laws and regulations of each Government, as applicable, including the availability of funds.
A. This Memorandum of Understanding shall enter into force upon signature. It shall remain in force for a period of five years, unless extended.
B. This Memorandum of Understanding may be amended through an exchange of diplomatic notes.
C. The effectiveness of this Memorandum of Understanding will be subject to review in order to determine, before the expiration of the five-year period of this Memorandum of Understanding, whether it should be extended . The review will encompass the articles in this Memorandum of Understanding and the four determinations required under the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act (19 USC 2602(a)).
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned, being duly authorized by their respective Governments, have signed the present Memorandum of Understanding.
FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF
[Ambassador B. Lynn Pascoe, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs]
FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE
[Ambassador Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis]