Israel Ruiz Former first lady Eliane Karp Toledo continues to battle for the return of Inca artifacts taken from Machu Picchu to Yale University by Hiram Bingham in the early 1900s.
In another lash of angry comments early this week, Karp accused the University of being secretive with the case and holding on to thousands of Inca artifacts that belong to Peru.
"They are insulting our sovereignty and our country’s self-esteem," said the former first lady in statements made to the Associated Press.
"A great deal of this debate has taken place without transparency."
She affirmed that, "There is a lot of confusion" and "Peruvian people have not participated in the debate".
Despite this, Yale students invited her to speak at the university and clarify the topic. Karp stated she was grateful she was able to bring some information to light.
"I would have liked to have debated with the university’s administration. It’s a shame that didn’t happen. This should be a public debate," said Karp.
"Why is it so difficult for them to realize this," said Karp, explaining it was clear the historic pieces belonged to Peru and not the University of Yale.
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