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April 16, 2014

CPAC will discuss Egypt's recent request for import restrictions on archaeological materials and conduct an interim review of the Nicaragua MoU.

March 14, 2014

The bilateral agreement, extended for a period of 5 years, includes new categories of protected cultural materials.

February 14, 2014

In March, CPAC will hold a closed meeting to review the MoUs with the Governments of Italy and Colombia.

January 22, 2014

The US and Bulgaria signed a Memorandum of Understanding to combat the looting of cultural heritage objects in Bulgaria.

January 15, 2014

The United States extended its memorandum of understanding to continue protecting the rich archaeological heritage of China.

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