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New convention targets illicit trade in artifacts from war zones

Michele Kambas writes for Reuters:

An international convention targeting the illicit trade in cultural artifacts took effect on Friday, a move to curb what is regarded as a major source of funding to militant groups in conflict zones.

Armenia, Cyprus, Greece, Portugal and San Marino as well as Mexico became the first countries on Friday to sign the convention drafted by the Strasbourg-based Council of Europe during a meeting in Nicosia.

The convention is designed to "codify" and standardize criminal law against the excavation, importation and exportation, acquisition and placing of artifacts on the market.

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