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Media Watch 2003

05 September 2003
Source: Kathimerini
Comment: The following article appeared in Kathimerini English Edition of Athens on 5 September 2003.

The United States has extended by three years an emergency ban — imposed to crack down on the rampant looting of sites in Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus — on the import of Byzantine-era artifacts from the island in response to a request by Cypriot authorities, the US embassy in Athens said yesterday. The move forbids the import of ecclesiastical and ritual material unless accompanied by a permit from the Cypriot government, it said. “Materials produced during the Byzantine period illustrate the high degree of artistic achievement on Cyprus and include some of the finest pieces of Byzantine art ever produced,” it added."