the decision of the court of Amsterdam to return the Scythian gold Kiev is “evidence of the effectiveness of international law”, said the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
“the Decision on the return of Scythian jewelry Ukraine, adopted in accordance with the provisions of the UNESCO Convention of 1970 on the measures prohibiting and preventing the illicit import, export and transfer of ownership of cultural property, is a Testament to the effectiveness of international law… Ukraine will continue to actively use the legal tools to protect their rights and legitimate interests in international and foreign jurisdictional authorities”, – reads the statement on the website of the Ukrainian foreign Ministry.
the statement Also said that the foreign Ministry of Ukraine considers the decision as “fair and logical”.
on Wednesday the District court of Amsterdam ruled that the collection of Scythian gold, brought from the Crimean museums should be returned to Ukraine. The main factor in the adoption of the Amsterdam court of this decision was a licence to export issued by the Ukrainian Ministry of culture.
the Ministry of culture of Russia said that the decision of the District court of Amsterdam on the transfer of the collection of Scythian gold Ukraine violates the principles of international inter-Museum exchange.
Crimean museums promised to appeal the decision of the District court of Amsterdam to pass the collection of Scythian gold Ukraine. In addition, in the Crimea warned that the unique exposition of Scythian gold may be lost forever, because in Ukraine it will be in the hands of politicians and collectors.
Hearings on the Scythian gold began in Amsterdam in October. The proceedings were initiated by the Crimean museums in November 2014 has filed a lawsuit against the University of Amsterdam with the requirement to return a collection consisting of about 2 thousand items.
the Exhibits with insurance estimated cost of over one million euros was used for the design of the exhibition “Crimea: gold and secrets of the Black sea”, which from February to August 2014 was held in the Allard Pierson Museum by a Dutch educational institution. In April the District court of Amsterdam has recognized Ukraine as a third party in the proceedings, “because the state is asserting its rights to the disputed objects.”
Four of the Crimean Museum sued Amsterdam a class action lawsuit to Allard Pierson Museum, in which demanded to fulfill contractual obligations and to return a collection of Scythian gold from the Netherlands in the Crimea.