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Thailand returns 7 ancient treasures to Cambodia

Thailand has returned seven treasures from Cambodia’s Golden Age as the countries pledge to prevent further smuggling.

The statues from the 12th century Angkorian era, including six heads of the Hindu god Shiva, were handed to Cambodian officials during an official one-day visit by Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. Thai authorities seized them from smugglers in 1999.

Widespread looting of Cambodia’s ancient temples has occurred in recent decades, with many items smuggled into Thailand for sale on the international antiques markets or to private collectors.

“The return of these artifacts shows that Cambodia and Thailand enjoy good cooperation and respect each other’s laws,” said Cambodia Foreign Minister Hor Namhong.

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