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Cambodia say US auction house to return ancient Khmer statue

Published on Dec 16, 2013 9:02 PM

PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Cambodia announced on Monday that leading auction house Sotheby's will return a 10th century Khmer statue worth up to US$3 million (S$3.77 million) said to have been looted during its civil war.

The statue of a warrior will be returned to the kingdom within 90 days under an agreement signed last week by Sotheby's, its Belgian client and US authorities, said Deputy Prime Minister Sok An.

The deal ends a long legal battle in the US where Sotheby's is headquartered, Mr Sok An told a press conference.

"The statue that was looted from Cambodia 41 years ago will be returned to the country," he said.

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