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The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) and my annual reminder that The Netherlands still have not ratified the 1970 Unesco Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property

Dear Museum Security Network subscribers,

Below you find information about the upcoming 2009 European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) in Maastricht, The Netherlands.

TEFAF offers an opportunity for my annual reminder that The Netherlands still have not ratified the 1970 Unesco Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property .

This far 116 countries ratified Unesco 1970, but not my country notwithstanding the fact that we have the most important art, antiques and antiquities fair of the world within our borders. Could it be that TEFAF is in The Netherlands conveniently protected by the fact that we have not ratified Unesco 1970?

In my view this fair is no cause for pride but a painful remembrance that our respective governments have not been able to ratify a globally accepted and very important convention.

Ton Cremers

TEFAF Antique Fair
As a visitor to TEFAF Maastricht you will be present at an outstanding event, one that offers the best choice of the very best in fine art
Friday, March 13, 2009
TEFAF is the world’s most influential annual art and antiques fair – and the next one is at the MECC (Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre) March 13 – 22, 2009.

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http://www.kiwicollection.com/news_events_detail/ITEM=374/

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