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Turkey requests return of sphinx from Germany

Turkey has given Germany until June to return a sphinx which dates back to 1400BC.

“Given the particular nature and history of German-Turkish relations, we need to find a new, constructive way to solve this case,” he added. “Threatening to close German digs in Turkey … does not create a climate in which a positive solution can be found.”

The sphinx, dug up in the early part of the 20th century from the ancient city of Hattu?a, the capital of the Hittite empire, was taken to Germany for restoration but now sits in a Berlin museum, much to Turkey’s annoyance.

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Story: AFP | Photo: AFP

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