"Some of Egypt's stolen antiquities might be returned. Switzerland has recently become party to an international agreement on the prevention of antiquity smuggling. The agreement would give the Egyptians a carte blanche to demand a return of their country's monuments which had been smuggled to Switzerland in the past. Local antiquities' experts are blithe". The article goes on to quote Zahi Hawass and explain the reasons why Switzerland has become important in a consideration of the return of smuggled items.