Greek and Mexican Ministers of Culture talk about the illegal trafficking of cultural property

NEW MEXICO – A working meeting took place between the Minister of Culture and Sports Lina Mendoni and the Mexican Minister of Culture, Alejandra Frausto Guerrero, in Mexico.

The two ministers discussed the issue of illegal trafficking of cultural property. According to an announcement from the Ministry of Culture on Wednesday, the two countries face common issues that concern not only their tangible but also intangible cultural heritage.

Mexico’s culture minister praised Mendoni for the United States’ agreement to return 161 Cycladic antiquities to Greece, pointing to the difficulty of substantiating the supporting documents required by legal proceedings.

According to the Greek ministry, there is already cooperation in the field of illegal trafficking of cultural property between the two states. Alejandra Frausto Guerrero responding, in 2020, to a related request by Mendoni, had sent a letter of support in favor of Greece to the American court for the repatriation to Greece of a bronze hipparius dated to the 8th century BC.

James C. Tibbs