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"By implementing the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, the United States joins with other countries in an international effort to protect the archaeological and ethnological cultural heritage of mankind that is vulnerable to pillage, damage, and destruction. This is a fragile and non-renewable heritage from which, if studied in context, we can derive important information about the development of humankind--information that can define our cultural roots and give us a sense of place in the present."

Martin E. Sullivan
Chairman, President's Advisory Committee on Cultural Property

       
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