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Czech Republic to join UN resolution on lifting sanctions on Iraq
www.chinaview.cn 2004-12-24 02:35:06

  ˇˇPRAGUE, Dec. 23 (Xinhuanet) -- The Czech Republic will join the UN Security Council's resolution on lifting economic sanctions on Iraq as a step to help the country's revival, under a government bill which President Vaclav Klaus signed Thursday.

    The Chamber of Deputies passed the bill a month ago and the Senate earlier in December.

    The Security Council Resolution 1483 has lifted the sanctions which were imposed on Iraq after its invasion of Kuwait in 1990. It does not concern the existing arms embargo.

    Czech Foreign Minister Cyril Svoboda said in senate Thursday that the bill's aim is to secure the implementation of the resolution, including the return of cultural heritage stolen from Iraq.

    The bill bans the import and export of objects which are part of the Iraqi cultural heritage, are of archeological, historical, cultural and religious importance and have been stolen or unauthorizedly gained from the Iraqi National Museum, National Library and other sites in Iraq.

    The bill also bans trade in such objects and their possession. Enditem 

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