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Legal criteria refined to repatriate Costa Rican archaeological pieces
1 October 2015/ IPC Press

Authorities from the Cultural Heritage Institute (IPC), the Attorney General’s Office and the Costa Rican Embassy held a meeting to agree on strategies and procedures that will make it possible to repatriate important Costa Rican archaeological pieces.

The examination of bilateral norms and technical mechanisms formed part of the analyses made to return said pieces to their place of origin, thereby contemplating an action plan undertaken by the State of Venezuela in the fight against the illicit trafficking of cultural property, explained IPC President, Omar Vielma.

“It is important that this case be seen as an exercise of sovereignty and as part of the fight against this type of activities, taking as referent and focal point the importance of this property for a people’s identity.”

During the meeting held at the auditorium of Villa Saint Inés, the head of the heritage institution in the country added that several arrangements were underway with the Engineering Institute to design a digital format that will ensure greater control over this property.

The meeting counted with the presence of attorneys from the Public Ministry, the IPC legal department and the Minister Counsellor of Costa Rica, who established a protocol that may be used as a model in future confiscations within the national and international legal framework.

The Costa Rican pieces are under the custody of the Cultural Heritage Institute, given their importance and transcendence in the history of Costa Rica, underscored president Omar Vielma.

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