Efthymia Alphas, Senior Archaeological Official and national expert of the Republic of Cyprus, has been elected Vice-President of the Presidency of the twelfth Session of the Subsidiary Committee of the Meeting of States Parties to the 1970 Convention of UNESCO, the Deputy Ministry of Culture said in a press release, expressing satisfaction for her election and noting the importance of this success.

More particularly, the Deputy Ministry of Culture expressed its “joy and satisfaction” for the election of Efthymia Alphas, Senior Archaeological Official and national expert of the Republic of Cyprus, to the position of Vice-President of the Presidency of the 12th Session of the Subsidiary Committee of States Parties to the 1970 UNESCO Convention on measures to prohibit and prevent the illegal import, export and transfer of ownership of cultural goods. The election took place during the committee’s session, which was held this week at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The elected Bureau consists of the President (representative of the Ivory Coast), the rapporteur (representative of Brazil) and the vice-presidents – representatives of Azerbaijan, China, Cyprus and Egypt, it said.

Congratulating Alphas, the Deputy Minister of Culture said, according to the press release, that the election of the national expert of the Republic of Cyprus “to such an important body is a very important distinction, as it demonstrates the upgraded involvement of the Republic of Cyprus in international organisations for the protection of cultural heritage”.

At the same time, it added, “it reflects the appreciation of the international community for the efforts of the Deputy Ministry of Culture and the Department of Antiquities in preventing the illegal import, export and transfer of ownership of cultural goods, and contributes to highlighting the potential of Cyprus at an international level”.

The Deputy Ministry of Culture said that it places special emphasis on the active participation of Cyprus in UNESCO committees, meetings and working groups that are related to cultural heritage. In particular, it noted, the participation of Cyprus in the Committee on the 1970 Convention “is considered of great importance for the Republic of Cyprus” since it allows the return and restoration of cultural goods, provides guidelines for improving legal frameworks and best practices, promotes international cooperation and raises awareness on the issue of cultural heritage protection and in particular the fight against the illegal trafficking of cultural goods.”

This is something that concerns Cyprus “and the challenges our cultural heritage faces,” the Deputy Ministry said.

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