Friday, February 8, 2013

Slim Public Support for Renwal of the Cambodian MOU

Only 37 public comments have been posted on the website regarding the proposed renewal of the Cambodian MOU.  It's a bit surprising  the number is so low, particularly given all the negative press drummed up against Sotheby's concerning the ongoing forfeiture proceeding in New York over a Khmer statue.  Unsurprisingly, though most comments come from archaeologists or those with some professional or business affiliation with the Cambodian cultural bureaucracy.  The list includes two groups who have or currently do receive public funds from the US Government or the EU.  This again suggests that import restrictions are largely "feel good measures" for special interests with friends in Government.   

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