Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri United States with Wayne (USA) Ambassador David Satterfield, with the participation of Anatolian Civilizations Museum in Turkey to archaeological and prevention of smuggling of ethnological artifacts and Turkey's cultural cooperation in order to contribute to the preservation of heritage A memorandum of understanding was signed.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Minister Ersoy, in accordance with agreements to which Turkey is a party, preventive measures in combating trafficking in cultural property, he said it was a move in the triple strategy, including the return of international solidarity and work. Minister Ersoy emphasized that while establishing a very valuable cooperation between the two countries, the agreement is a major step in terms of the legal regulations it brings, and in terms of its consequences, the grounds for the return of works.
Turkey's unrivaled heritage of civilization because of their cultural property against illegal activities for which the country is reminiscent of the most intense fighting of Ministers Ersoy, gave the following information regarding the memorandum of understanding:
"Our Memorandum of Understanding, from the date of entry into force of the illegally removed from our country will be confiscated and returned to the United States brought the works will be supplied to Turkey. This important document, which will also constitute a legal basis for the operations of the US law enforcement units, will bring active results. In summary, legal struggles, which lasted for years at very high costs, can be concluded in a very short time and with low costs. This is the biggest deterrent we have. "
Emphasizing that the memorandum of understanding is one of the most comprehensive examples in its field as a result of the negotiations made by the Ministry, Minister Ersoy said, “It includes cultural assets from 1 million 200 thousand years ago until 1923, belongings of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of our Republic, and the period of the Turkish Republic. In addition, within the framework of this agreement, we aim to organize all kinds of joint events that will provide mutual exhibitions, cultural activities and intellectual interaction. The cultural diplomacy between Turkey and the United States Hopefully we will see more robust process. " used the expressions.
"We Are Pleasingly Viewing the Net Attitude of the USA"
At this point, when we look at the work in the near term, voicing saw welcomed the attitude clearly revealed by the US Minister Ersoy, this positive approach and mutual cooperation through Zeugma Mosaics, Lydia period of grave steles and finally last month Cybele statue to Turkey he said he was returned.
Minister Ersoy mentioned the importance of the documentation and three-dimensional recording activities carried out in the Kaymakçı Settlement in Manisa and the excavations conducted by American experts, including important ancient cities such as Gordion, Aphrodisias and Sardis, and said:
“I would like to inform you that 651 silver coins, which were unearthed in the Penkalas Stream Project Implementation Study within the scope of the scientific activities carried out in Aizonai Ancient City in Kütahya, have started to be exhibited in our Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. In addition to the coins, which are an album of the last century of the Roman Republican period, those belonging to the Augustus period were also found. I congratulate our colleagues who brought these archaeological finds to our scientific world. "
After the speeches, Minister Ersoy and Ambassador Satterfield, who signed the memorandum of understanding, examined the Lydian stelae returned from the USA and the Penkalas coins found during the excavations in the ancient city of Aizanaoi.
All kinds of Archaeological and Ethnological Artifacts Subject to the Agreement Will Not Be Allowed To Enter The USA
Except in special cases subject to authorization agreement for the prevention of smuggling of historical artifacts belonging to Turkey, subject to the agreement of all kinds of archaeological and ethnological work, it will not be allowed to enter the United States.
this agreement to protect Turkey's cultural heritage, Culture and Tourism Ministry, Foreign Ministry, Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Commerce of the United States will come to life with the Embassy and the US Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau of the cooperation and work.