Cambodia looks set to join a growing list of countries seeking the return of its cultural heritage properties and artefacts housed in museums and private collections in the west. I wonder if other Southeast Asian nations are involved in this conference in EgyptÂ – I can think of Vietnam and Indonesia who would also be interested in seeking the return of artefacts spirited away during the colonial period. If so, we might expect to see an increase of repatriation requests in SEAArch over the next couple of years.
The recent riots in Thailand have delayed the return of several Cambodian artefacts and will have to be rescheduled. This repatriation of artefacts is seen as a sign of warming relations between the two countries, despite the outstanding dispute at the Preah Vihear temple border.
Return of Cambodian artefacts delayed
The Nation, 20 April 2009