Peru ranks first in recovery of cultural heritage

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Peru is the world’s leading country in the recovery of cultural heritage, having recovered 2,700 pieces in the past 5 years, according to Alva Guerrero, an official at the Ministry of Culture.

Peru, Alva said, was able to recover many of these artifacts and pieces after long disputes, and was able to recover 50 stolen artifacts, which had ended up in 14 different countries, Peru21 reported.

In statements to Andina, Alva said that these goods were recovered after long disputes about Peru followed 50 cases of theft of items ending in 14 countries worldwide.

"We are the world leaders in repatriation, recovery and resolution of cases,” Alva said. “We are solving an average of 10 cases per year. In recent years we have solved 50 cases in 14 countries. We have recovered about 2,700 pieces.”

Comparing Peru to neighboring Ecuador, Alva said Ecuadorian authorities had only been able to get about 400 pieces back. “We have brought back six times that,” Alva said.

However, she added that Peru’s main goal was not the repatriation of these pieces, but preventing them from leaving the country, given that their return is often very expensive.

Peru is the world’s leading country in the recovery of cultural heritage, having recovered 2,700 pieces in the past 5 years, according to Alva Guerrero, an official at the Ministry of Culture.

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