SCA to formally request return of Nefertiti bust

The Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) will form a committee to be headed by Nabil el-Arabi, head of the International Arbitration Center and former judge at the International Court of Justice, to prepare a legal request for the return of the Nefertiti bust from Berlin museum. The bust was illegally smuggled out of Egypt, according to SAC Secretary-General Zahi Hawass.

Hawass also said SCA is negotiating with the US the return of other antiquities displayed in American museums.

Hawass succeeded in returning five ancient murals from France, which French President Nicolas Sarkozy handed over to President Hosni Mubarak during his Paris visit early this month.

For his part, El-Arabi said he needs a month to complete his task.

Translated from the Arabic Edition.

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