07 December, 2011
Greece and the United States of America finalized the agreement to protect Greece’s cultural heritage, which Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and then Minister of Foreign Affairs Stavros Lambrinidis signed on July 17, 2011 in a ceremony which took place in the Parthenon hall of the Acropolis Museum, overlooking the sacred hill of the Athens Acropolis.
The agreement, a Memorandum of Understanding concerning the imposition of import restrictions on certain categories of Greek Archaeological and Byzantine Ecclesiastical Ethnological material through the 15th century A.D. of the Hellenic Republic
, will strengthen and enhance collaboration in order to combat looting and trafficking of antiquities, and provide for their return to Greece. It also aims to further the international interchange of such materials for cultural, educational, and scientific purposes.
Following completion of all internal legal requirements by the governments of Greece and the United States, the agreement entered into force on November 21, 2011, with the exchange of diplomatic notes.
Source: GREEK NEWS AGENDA issued by the Secretariat Genera