martes, 26 de octubre de 2010

Latin American Herald Tribune - Yale University Bristles at Peruvian Threats Over Relics

Latin American Herald Tribune - Yale University Bristles at Peruvian Threats Over Relics

Yale University Bristles at Peruvian Threats Over Relics

WASHINGTON – Yale University said Monday that its dispute with Peru over archaeological pieces from the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu “cannot be resolved by threats” and repeated its readiness to seek an amicable solution.

The Peruvian government announced Sunday a worldwide legal and media campaign to demand that Yale return the objects brought back from Machu Picchu a century ago by U.S. explorer Hiram Bingham.

Peru’s prime minister, Jose Antonio Chang, had previously announced that Peru would launch a criminal case against the New Haven, Connecticut institution, and President Alan Garcia indicated that he would support that decision.

“Throughout the recent dispute with Peru over objects removed from Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham almost 100 years ago, Yale has made it clear that it is willing to negotiate an amicable resolution with the government of Peru,” the university said Monday in a statement.

In September 2007 Yale and Peru signed a memorandum of intent, but Lima “later repudiated that agreement and filed a civil action against Yale in U.S. District Court, where Yale’s motion to dismiss is pending,” the statement noted.

Peru’s threat “to institute criminal charges against Yale and its president as a means of pressuring Yale to settle is an obstacle, not an invitation to settlement,” the university said.

“If the government of Peru has concluded that its U.S. lawsuit will not succeed, that is a reason to reach an amicable resolution, not to commence unfounded legal proceedings,” Yale said, affirming that it “remains prepared to resolve this dispute over the artifacts in a manner that reflects the interests of both parties.” EFE

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