Ar­gentina to re­turn wealth of ar­ti­facts to Ecuador, Peru

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Ar­gentina will re­turn thou­sands of stolen ar­chae­o­log­i­cal pieces to South Amer­i­can neigh­bors, Pres­i­dent Cristina Kirch­ner said Satur­day.

“We are do­ing some­thing un­usual, re­ally spe­cial: restor­ing cul­tural wealth to other coun­tries, in this case Ecuador and Peru. We are re­turn­ing to them more than 4,000 pieces that had been stolen and have been re­cov­ered,” she said at the Na- tional Mu­seum of Fine Art in the cap­i­tal.

Kirch­ner’s of­fice did not de­scribe the pieces in ques­tion or from whom and when they were seized.

But “the world we live in is one in which great pow­ers fight to con­trol the cul­tural riches of other peo­ple. One can see in the great mu­se­ums of the world pieces from Greece, Syria, Egypt, Asia and even Latin Amer­ica, and which have not been re­turned,” she added.

So “just as they should with medic­i­nal patents (us­ing in­dige­nous plants), coun­tries that hold onto cul­tural riches and refuse to give them back, at least should pay some kind of roy­alty to the coun­tries they are from,” Kirch­ner ar­gued, “since they were made by cul­tures other than their own.”

Barred from run­ning again by term lim­its, Kirch­ner, 62, is not stand­ing for any post in Ar­gentina’s Oct. 25 elec­tions.

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