Monday, April 16, 2007

Egypt response to German refusal to loan Nefertiti bust

"Egypt Sunday said it will never hold any antiquity exhibition in Germany in the future unless Germany temporarily returns the bust of ancient Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, the official news agency MENA reported.
MENA quoted Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Zahi Hawass as saying that Egypt will request Germany again next week to temporarily return the 3,300-year-old bust for a three-month exhibition in Egypt.
German Culture Minister Bernd Neumann had rejected Egypt's request, saying that Nefertiti's bust was too fragile to leave Berlin for a trip to Egypt, according to MENA." (
"Egypt on Sunday threatened to ban future displays of its ancient artifacts in Germany if Berlin refuses to return a 3 400-year-old bust of Queen Nefertiti for a temporary exhibition. '(Egypt) will never again organise antiquities exhibitions in Germany if it refuses a request, to be issued next week, to allow the bust of Nefertiti to be displayed in Egypt for three months,' antiquities supremo Zahi Hawass told parliament, according to the official MENA news agency."

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