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US returns looted relics of 'extraordinary cultural value' to Cambodia
by Jacqui Palumbo, CNN

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9 August 2022

On 9 August 2022 CNN reported: New York officials have returned 30 cultural artifacts to Cambodia, including a 10th-century Khmer sculptural 'masterpiece,' after the items were illegally sold to private collectors and a US museum. On Monday [8 August], the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York hosted a repatriation ceremony for the works, with Cambodia's ambassador to the US, Keo Chhea, in attendance. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of culture, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

The antiquities, which had been taken from temples and archeological sites during periods of civil conflict in the country, entered the international art market via an 'organized looting network,' according to the US Department of Justice.

'These statues and artifacts, which range in age from the bronze age to the 12th century, are of extraordinary cultural value to the Cambodian people and we are delighted to be sending them home today,' said prosecutor Damian Williams during a press conference.

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