27 Cambodian Trafficked and Valuable Artifacts Return Home from US

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PHNOM PENH, June 18 (Xinhua): Twenty-seven trafficked Cambodian antiquities have been repatriated from the United States to the Southeast Asian country, the Cambodian Ministry of Culture and Culture announced. the fine Arts.

The ancient objects were flown to Cambodia on Wednesday, he said in a press release, adding that among them were several important Buddhist and Hindu statues, such as a bronze meditating Buddha and a sandstone statue of Shiva.

The returned antiquities were placed in the National Museum in Phnom Penh for experts to assess, clean, repair and install the necessary plinths for a formal handover ceremony at the appropriate time.

“These Khmer cultural objects are the soul of generations of Khmer ancestors and represent the impressive past of Cambodia, which left its homeland for several years during a time of war and unrest,” said the Minister of Culture and Humanities. Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona. in the statement.

Culture Minister Phoeurng Sackona said: “These items of cultural heritage carry the very spirits and souls of our Khmer ancestors for many generations and embody the advanced civilization of Cambodia, and had been absent for many years for periods of war and insecurity.

“With the win-win policy and leadership of Prime Minister Hun Sen, which has brought comprehensive peace, Cambodia has had the opportunity to cooperate with others to seek and bring back these lost heritages to the homeland,” said- she declared.

In response, Ambassador Patrick Murphy said the United States “is proud to play a role in securing the cultural heritage of the Cambodian people.”

“This ceremony is a tribute to the cooperation between our two countries to prevent the looting and trafficking of Khmer objects,” he said.

In the June 17 statement, Sackona thanked everyone who made the return of this antiquities collection possible, including US Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in New York, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, the Embassy of the United States, Edenbridge Asia founder Bradley J Gordon and Heinberg. Steven Heimberg of Barr LLP.

The minister also called on all museums and artifact collectors around the world to cooperate and return Khmer cultural heritage objects to Cambodia. – Post of Phnom Penh/ANN

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