Thailand returns artefacts to Cambodia

Cambodian and Thai foreign ministers discussing repatriated artefacts. Source: Bangkok Post 20150712

Thailand last week returned Cambodia 16 artefacts that were seized from smugglers.

Cambodian and Thai foreign ministers discussing repatriated artefacts. Source: Bangkok Post 20150712
Cambodian and Thai foreign ministers discussing repatriated artefacts. Source: Bangkok Post 20150712

Thailand returns 16 smuggled artefacts to Cambodia
Bangkok Post, 12 July 2015

Cambodian FM returns with 16 stolen artifacts
China.org, 13 July 2015

Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong returned to Cambodia on Sunday after paying a three-day visit to Thailand, where he received 16 smuggled ancient treasures back from Thailand.

The artifacts were among 43 masterpieces that the Thai authorities confiscated from smugglers in 1999, and Thailand repatriated 7 of them to Cambodia in 2009 after the country had evidence to prove that they were looted from Cambodia.

“Thailand returned 16 artifacts to Cambodia (on Saturday) and they will truck them for us to Siem Reap province,” Hor Namhong told reporters at Phnom Penh International Airport upon his arrival.

He did not elaborate on details of the returned artifacts and did not know an exact date when the items will reach Cambodia’s Siem Reap province.

According to Hor Namhong, Thailand also agreed to let Cambodian experts to inspect the remaining 20 masterpieces whether they are also Cambodia’s smuggled artifacts.

Full story here and here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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