via Khmer Times, 29 June 2020: Cambodia is probably the most active country in Southeast Asia in repatriating artefacts from overseas, and there have been a lot of such stories archived in this site.
However, Minister of Culture and Fine arts Phoeurng Sackona says the return of artefacts is about much more than simply the return of lost artifacts.
“Getting Khmer antiquities back to Cambodia and its people are important for two main reasons,” she says.
“Firstly, Khmer artifact repatriation is a part of the psychological reconciliation of the Cambodian people who, after years of war lost loved ones, personal property and part of their heritage. Whether given through charity, by negotiation, court advocates or legal recapture, their return plays a vital role in fulfilling them. It is a symbol of the reunification of the souls of Khmer Ancestors separated from their home.”
“Secondly, it helps to fill in the missing gaps in academic research within the Kingdom, especially in the fields of humanities including history, archeology, language, religion and politics. It benefits everyone, both Khmer and other nationalities who want to learn about our culture,”Ms Sackona adds.