UK mu­seum of­fers to re­turn seized trea­sures but only on long-term loan’

The East African - - NEWS -

ETHIOPIA: A UK mu­seum has of­fered to re­turn trea­sures taken by Bri­tish troops 150 years ago dur­ing the Bri­tish in­va­sion of Ethiopia on a “long-term loan.”

The Vic­to­ria and Al­bert Mu­seum, where the trea­sures, in­clud­ing a gold crown and a royal wed­ding dress, are on dis­play said the of­fer would see the artifacts sent to Ethiopia on long-term loan, so own­er­ship would re­main with the mu­seum.

Ethiopia has cam­paigned for the re­turn of the trea­sures since it was seized. In 2007, it lodged a for­mal resti­tu­tion claim to have them re­turned, but the bid was­re­jected.

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