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Australia Hands Back Looted Artifacts to Cambodia

The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra has recently returned three bronze sculptures from its Asian collection to Cambodia, marking the gallery’s first instance of such a return, said the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh on Thursday.H.E. Justin K…

The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra has recently returned three bronze sculptures from its Asian collection to Cambodia, marking the gallery's first instance of such a return, said the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh on Thursday.

H.E. Justin Kevin Whyatt, Australian Ambassador to Cambodia had a chance to meet with the Cambodian team before they travelled to Australia for the handover ceremony, said the source, adding that the team is very passionate about Cambodia’s cultural heritage.

“Australia and Cambodia have shared a long history for over seven decades and the return of these sculptures is an example of our longstanding collaboration. It is an honour to be able to protect one’s cultural heritage which is an identity of the country,” stressed the embassy.

Cambodia has so far regained looted artifacts from the U.S., the United Kingdom, etc. and private collectors to restore the soul of the Kingdom’s culture.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse (AKP)