””””LISBON, May 19 (Xinhuanet) -- About 1,000 archeological pieces were stolen from
the National Museum of Baghdad during the US-led war to Iraq, less than 60,000
as originally supposed, said Director-General of the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Koichiro Matsuura on
””””During an official visit to Portugal, Matsuura pointed out thatthe "number
of missing objects is far inferior" to previous figures.
””””He said that UN experts working in Baghdad reported to the UNESCO that many
of the missing pieces "are in a safe place."
””””The UN specialized agency sent four experts last Saturday, who are from the
United States, Japan and Britain, to Baghdad on a three-day mission to assess
the loss of Iraqi archeological wealth.During days after the US capture of the
Iraqi capital on April 9, numerous antiques and artifacts were looted from the
museums in Iraq and were supposedly being smuggled abroad.
””””Matsuura met on Monday with Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Durao Barroso.
He also talked with Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio and Portugal's Science
and Higher Education Minister PedroLynce de Faria during his visit. Enditem