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Tajikistan Seeks Return Of Oxus Treasure


http://gdb.rferl.org/9EA28EB7-88DC-474B-950A-AC826ED630C6_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/9EA28EB7-88DC-474B-950A-AC826ED630C6_mw800_mh600.jpg An armlet that is part of the Oxus treasure at the British Museum (AFP) April 4, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Tajik President Emomali Rahmon wants Britain to return to his country a collection of ancient gold and silver, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.


The presidential office says Rahmon has given orders to take the necessary steps to return the Oxus treasure, which is kept at the British Museum.


The Oxus treasure consists of about 170 objects dating from the 4th and 5th centuries B.C., including vessels, armlets, seals, finger rings, and coins.


The artifacts were discovered in the 19th century. Oxus is the ancient name of the Amudarya River.


(with material from AP)

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