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Standard Form concerning Requests for Return or Restitution

Standard Form concerning Requests for Return or Restitution

January 1986

Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in Case of Illicit Appropriation





  1. The present form has been established by the Intergovernmental Committee as a mechanism to enable it to promote bilateral negotiations concerning the return or restitution of cultural property. The form is to be used therefore only in cases where negotiations already initiated have made unsatisfactory progress. It is intended to be a comprehensive yet flexible framework, which allows Member States to provide information as completely as possible.
  2. The requesting country should use the form to submit its request to the Secretariat of the Committee which will transmit the document to the holding country concerned. The holding country should in turn use the form to provide its reply to the request and return it to the Secretariat of the Committee within a period of one year from the date of receipt. 
  3. Please note that the use of the form is limited to one object per form. It is not practicable to deal with information on more than one distinct object at a time. In the case of a request for an entire collection of objects it is understood that the collection, for the purposes of the present form, would be treated as an entity i.e. "an object".



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