Latvia becomes the 10th country to sign the Nicosia Convention

Latvia is the 9th member state of the Council of Europe (CoE) and the 10th country worldwide to sign the Council of Europe Convention on Offences relating to Cultural Property, known as the Nicosia Convention.

According to the CoE, Latvia signed the convention on February 22, 2018, following Cyprus, Armenia, Greece, Portugal, San Marino, Mexico, Slovenia, Ukraine and Italy. Nicosia also ratified the Convention first, on December 7, 2017.

To enter into force, it needs to be ratified by 5 countries, including 3 CoE member states. The Convention, which will be open for signature to any country in the world, aims to prevent and combat the illicit trafficking and destruction of cultural property, in the framework of the Organisation’s action to fight terrorism and organised crime.

It opened for signature on May 19, 2017, during the Ministerial Meeting of the Cyprus Chairmanship of the Council of Europe.

Source: Cyprus News Agency