November 24, 1998
Release No. 070-98

CONTACT: Catherine Stearns
PHONE: (202) 619-4372

United States Information
- News Release


Washington, D.C. — The United States Information Agency (USIA) is pleased to announce its new Web page featuring International Cultural Property Protection:

The page provides background on the problem of international pillage of artifacts and the U.S. response; information about relevant laws, bilateral agreements and U.S. import restrictions; recent news stories and magazine articles, and much more. High-resolution images of classes of artifacts protected by the U.S. will be added in the near future.

The United States is joined with many other countries in an international effort to protect cultural heritage globally. USIA, which oversees the U.S. role in protecting international cultural property, is the lead agency in carrying out decision-making responsibilities under the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act. The Act enables the United States to impose import restrictions on certain categories of archaeological or ethnological material in accordance with the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property when the pillage of such material places in jeopardy the cultural heritage of the country of origin. USIA also supports the Cultural Property Advisory Committee, appointed by the President, in carrying out its responsibilities under the Act.

"We hope the Web page will contribute to raising public awareness in addition to providing information to all interested parties, including academia, museums, the trade, the general public, law enforcement entities, and citizens of other countries," announced Executive Director of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee Maria Papageorge Kouroupas. "We hope, too, that it will foster greater stewardship of our shared cultural heritage, a diminishing, non-renewable resource."

United States Information Agency, 301 4th Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20547
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The United States Information Agency, headed by Dr. Joseph Duffey, is an independent foreign affairs agency within the executive branch that explains and supports U.S. foreign policy and national security interests abroad through a wide range of information programs. The Agency promotes mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through a series of educational and cultural exchange activities.

USIA's programs include the Voice of America, Radio and TV Martí, the WORLDNET satellite television system, the daily Washington File newswire, the Fulbright scholarship program, the International Visitor Program, the Speakers and Specialists Program, three Foreign Press Centers in the United States, and a network of overseas resource and cultural centers. The Agency has 190 posts in 141 countries.

The USIA domestic server can be accessed through or through most search engines on the Internet.

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