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Government wants UNESCO and Interpol to recover dispersed cultural collections

The Government wants to count on the support of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the International Council of Museums and Interpol for the recovery of cultural collections dispersed in Europe and America.


"This is a complex process, it is not approached in a simple way, we do recognize that the Angolan collections are found in Europes, the Americas, but it is necessary to start work on the identification of these objects first and then the second phase will be to start negotiating for the return", the national director of museums, Ziva Domingos, replied to Lusa.

The official said, in Luanda, that for the recovery of these collections Angola will have to "cross its actions" with organizations such as UNESCO, the International Council of Museums and Interpol.

According to Ziva Domingos, international institutions "should collaborate with the Government in order to see and study the modalities of how to recover" the collection". "It is a complex process, which is not done in a single day, but what is certain, today at the world level, it has basically become a fever talking about the return of African goods to their countries of origin", he said.

And he added: "We cannot remain insensitive, we must begin to work towards recovering what we can from the European and American institutions".

Asked about the real number of pieces scattered around the world, the director of museums in Angola said that in order to gauge the real number, the primary step is its identification.

"At the moment, there are no numbers, as I said, it is necessary to start by identifying first, but we need to go into detail and we are in a phase of reflection and the construction of the strategy to go in search of these objects", he noted.

Ziva Domingos spoke at the end of the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Technical Cooperation for the Enhancement of Collections at the National Museum of Anthropology, which took place in Luanda.

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