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Cultural leaders from around the world met in Egypt last week to discuss ways to recover disputed artifacts.  Peru renewed its call for Yale University to return a collection of antiquities from the Incan site of Machu Picchu.  WNPR’s Diane Orson reports.

Delegations from more than 20 countries including China, Greece, India and Sri Lanka met in Cairo at the Conference on “International Cooperation for the Protection and Repatriation of Cultural Heritage”. Their talks centered on ways nations can work together to increase pressure on museums to return disputed cultural artifacts.

They plan to submit recommendations to UNESCO in the hopes of amending a 1972 treaty on the preservation of the world’s cultural heritage.  Egypt, Nigeria and Peru were among the nations to assemble a “wish list” of objects that they want returned.  Topping Peru’s list were the ancient artifacts from Machu Picchu now at Yale’s Peabody Museum.

Thousands of ceramics, statutes, jewelry and human bones have been in New Haven for nearly century.  In 2008, Peru filed a federal lawsuit to get them back. 

For WNPR, I’m Diane Orson.