Gustavo Petro and the Foreign Ministry returned archaeological pieces from Colombia that were in different European countries

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76 pieces from Paris arrived this weekend on the presidential plane, of which 50 were in France, 11 in Switzerland and 15 in the Netherlands

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Gustavo Petro and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs returned archaeological pieces from Colombia that were in different countries of Europe

76 pieces from Paris arrived this weekend at the presidential plane, of which 50 rested in France, Switzerland 11 and the Netherlands 15

They returned on the presidential plane flight from Paris, 76 archaeological pieces that were in the embassies in Bern, The Hague and Paris.

The return was the result of coordinated work between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs , the Embassies and the Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History (ICANH), which involved training diplomats in Bern in packaging and handling of archaeological goods, The Hague and Paris; coordination of procedures for collection in Paris of goods from Berne and The Hague; and its final shipment to the presidential plane that was in the French capital , regarding the official visit of the President of the Republic in that country, explained the Colombian Foreign Ministry.

The transfer on the presidential flight was possible with the accompaniment of the Embassy in Paris, the Foreign Ministry and the Military House, which complied with the security and handling protocols of the pieces.

The returned goods come from returns made to the Embassies on different dates. The 11 pieces from Switzerland come from four cases facilitated by the cooperation with the authorities of this country within the framework of the “Agreement concerning the importation and return of cultural property”, in force since 2011.

The 15 pieces in The Hague and the 50 in Paris come from four voluntary surrenders by Dutch and French citizens who possessed archaeological artifacts from the cultures of the original peoples of Colombia. As is customary in this procedure, the legitimacy of the archaeological artifacts is ratified by the ICANH experts.

According to the ICANH expert opinion, the pieces belong to the “Tumaco-La Tolita”, “Calima”, “Quimbaya”, “Tolima-Espinal” and “San Agustín” cultures, so some may be more than two thousand years old. This set of pieces is made up of anthropomorphic vessels, statues, pots, alcarrazas and a gold mask.

This is the second return of cultural assets made during the administration of President Gustavo Petro Urrego after the valuable return on September 22 of the 274 pieces that were in the Colombian Embassy in Washington.

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<b>They were in the United States: Colombia recovered 274 archaeological pieces and brought them on the presidential plane</b>

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs , the Colombian Embassy in Washington, the Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History (ICANH) and the US authorities coordinated the transfer of the figures, with the permits and protocols of Strictly speaking, on the presidential plane that was in New York on the occasion of the participation of the Colombian president Gustavo Petro Urrego at the General Assembly of the United Nations b>.

The items returned come from three cases that were resolved between 2018 and 2022 in the cooperation developed within the framework of the “Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Colombia and the Government of the United States of America, regarding the imposition of restrictions on the importation of categories of archeological and ethnological materials. icos of the Republic of Colombia”, renewed in March 2021, and to the goodwill of a US citizen.