He stressed the importance of the agreement with Turkey will do its part the US

Ambassador Satterfield with Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Turkey to prevent illicit trafficking of archaeological and ethnological artifacts and protect Turkey’s cultural cooperation in order to contribute to ensuring the memorandum of understanding signed by its heritage.

Satterfield Speaking at the signing ceremony, “the plunder of cultural objects departing from Turkey, the fight against trafficking and to strengthen the cooperation between the US and Turkey I am pleased to sign this agreement.” said.

Satterfield, the memorandum of understanding signed by Turkey’s rich cultural heritage and archaeological materials that aim to reduce incentives towards the looting, he said.

The agreement, currently in addition to a good while looting the kindly in cooperation and issues on deterring the antiques trade, emphasizing that provides looted smuggled artifacts to be returned back to Turkey Satterfield, the Republic of Turkey, the organization’s work dating back several thousand years since and noted that conservation of ethnographic materials.


Satterfield, today’s agreement is proof of the joint commitment to preserve the rich cultural heritage of Turkey is that attention, he continued:

“Turkey, a large number of civilizations that marked each country and world history has a place as a port. However, when large and considering that they have diverse heritage, a long-threatened history of archaeological and historical sites in Turkey are also included.

The destruction or destruction of any of this history and culture is devastating. This agreement brings additional steps to protect endangered areas and invaluable antiques from looting and smuggling. Trafficking in cultural property is a worldwide problem not only in Turkey. “

Expressing that they appreciate the Turkish government’s painstaking efforts and extensive resources to protect its heritage, Satterfield stated that the sale of archaeological, antiquities and other cultural objects in international markets increases the revenues of organized crime and terrorist groups that cross national borders.

Satterfield, “There are hundreds and thousands of years of heritage sites and traces of civilization is being destroyed for financial gain over time. Turkey We want to do our part to support their efforts to combat these crimes.” he spoke.


Close partnership spirit should, USA and Turkey’s international crime groups that finance Satterfield striking is committed to limiting access to streaming, the United States, cultural heritage protection worldwide and to maintain, vowing not prevent those who contributed to the crime network noted that hesitation there.

Underlining that its policies on this issue are unlawful destruction of cultural heritage, smuggling of cultural property is unacceptable, the purpose of cultural property agreements is to help countries protect their cultural heritage, first by reducing the incentive to plunder, and by promoting the exchange of information for scientific, cultural and educational purposes. emphasized that it is to increase legal access to cultural objects and awareness of world heritage.

Today’s agreement with the US and Turkey, the future generations that they put out their shared commitment to ensure the protection of Turkey’s heritage at places like this wonderful museum and accessible indicating Satterfield, “Cultural heritage, all is a source of pride for Turkish citizens. This agreement with the US, Turkey ‘ He will do his part to protect the cultural resources of Turkey for the benefit of all. said.

Satterfield thanked Minister Ersoy, the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage and Museums team, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials and the Turkish experts who worked closely with them to make this agreement a reality.

Pointing out the importance of the contributions of the US Department of State, the Department of Education Affairs and especially the Deputy Minister Marie Royce in the agreement, Satterfield said, “It is a great honor for me to sign this agreement on behalf of the United States, accompanying Mr. Ersoy here today.” used the expression.

After the speeches, Satterfield and Ersoy, who signed the memorandum of understanding, examined the Lydian stelae returned from the USA and the Penkalas coins found in the excavations in the ancient city of Aizanaoi.

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