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Italy to Return Iran's Looted Historical Relics

By Soudabeh Sadigh

After pursuing the case of Iran's looted historical relics by legal department of Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italian Police authorities have accepted to redeem these ancient coins to Iran.

A Sassanian coin

Tehran, 27 May 2007 (CHN) - The discovered load of plundered Iranian antiques in Rome which was confiscated by Italian Police Department, would be released by this country. Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization in conjunction with Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs have made a lot of effort in this regard.

"Recently Italian Police Department succeeded in discovering and confiscating a load of Persian artifacts which were looted from Iran illegally. The case was reported to Iran's Embassy in Rome immediately and a CD containing all the information about these antiques was submitted to Iran's Embassy in Rome. After studying the CD's data in an attempt to reveal the real identity of these discovered historical relics, experts of Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization came to the conclusion that for sure they must have belonged to Iran," said Susan Cheraghchi, advisor of legal deputy of Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization to CHN.

She further explained that the exact number of discovered relics in Italy has not been announced yet however, based on reports released so far, the majority of them are consisted of ancient coins and arrow heads.

According to Cheraghchi, during its negotiations with Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs, the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization has asked the Ministry to take some formal steps to return Iran's historical relics and some initial measures have been taken so far in this regard. She also said that the Police Department of Italy has expressed its willingness for any cooperation in this regard including returning Iran's historical relics to their home country and has shown a sincere cooperation with Iran's Embassy in Rome in this case.

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