Cyprus ratifies first the Nicosia Convention for the protection of cultural property

The Republic of Cyprus is the first country to ratify the Council of Europe’s Convention on Offences relating to Cultural Property, known as the Nicosia Convention and, according to a Foreign Ministry announcement, Cyprus’ Permanent Representative Dr. Spyros Attas met on Thursday with the Council of Europe’s Deputy SG Gabriella Battaini Dragoni to deposit the instrument of ratification.

The Republic of Cyprus, both on a bilateral level, as well as in cooperation with the Secretariat of the Council of Europe, will continue working to promote the universality of the Nicosia Convention and its ratification by the international community, since it is a unique tool to combat the desecration and illegal trafficking of cultural heritage the Ministry of Foreign Affairs underlines in a press release.

The Nicosia Convention opened for signature on May 19, 2017, during the Ministerial Council in Nicosia, in the framework of the Cyprus Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

It is added that the Cypriot Chairmanship highlighted among its priorities the protection of cultural heritage and the completion of this Convention, as part of Cyprus’ broader strategy on the matter, on the basis of own experiences.

The Nicosia Convention is the first international convention to criminalize particular offences in relation to illegal trafficking of cultural artefacts and has been signed so far by Armenia, Greece, Portugal, San Marino, Mexico, Slovenia, the Ukraine and Italy. It remains open for signature for CoE member states and non-members that contributed in drafting the text, the announcement concludes.

Source: Cyprus News Agency