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Antiquities Trade

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 15 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the (a) United Nations, (b) the United States and (c) others regarding the effect on trade in antiquities of the lifting of sanctions on Iraq; and if she will make a statement. [113415]

I and my officials, have had discussions with the US State Department, UNESCO, and others on the effect on trade in antiquities of the lifting of sanctions on Iraq. We support UNESCO's aim to ensure that restrictions remain on the import of Iraqi cultural property once UN sanctions are lifted and we are discussing this in the Security Council.