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Friday, 3 December, 1999, 18:12 GMT
US blocks stolen Cambodia treasures



The United States has imposed emergency restrictions on ancient stone artifacts from Cambodia.

It's banning the import of sculptures and other stone material dating from the sixth to the sixteenth century AD.

The American State Department said they were being pillaged at an alarming rate -- taken from Cambodia by the truckload.

And it said historic sites such as Angkor Wat were being damaged and destroyed, as the pillagers used chisels and chainsaws to hack out the treasures.

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