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The UN's cultural body has warned international art dealers and museums to look out for artefacts that may have been looted from Libya during fighting.
Unesco director-general Irina Bokova said in a statement that dealers should be "particularly wary of objects from Libya in the present circumstances".
And she called on Libyans to protect their "invaluable cultural heritage".
One of the important functions of UNESCO has been to catalyze treaties among nations which militate against international traffic in stolen historical artifacts and art objects. While UNESCO does not try to play policeman against such traffic, it has enabled governments of its member nations to cooperate in this area to achieve a common objective.