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Thursday, 03 September 2015

On September 2, 2015, member of the State Great Hural (Parliament) Ms. Tsedevdamba OYUNGEREL visited American Museum of Natural History during her working visit to New York by attending the Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament.

At the American Museum of Natural History, MP Ts.Oyungerel was welcomed by Dr. John Flynn, Dean of the Richard Gilder Graduate School affiliated the Museum and during the meeting, she noted that in the scope of approaching the centennial anniversary of an expedition arrived in Mongolia led by American anthropologist Roy Chapman Andrews /1922/, a joint commission should make open to public regarding an implementation of the agreement to repatriate findings discovered in Mongolia back in 1920s.

The agreement - established between Roy Chapman Andrews and Mongolian authorities in 1924 - cites to return to the Government of Mongolia one item of each group of findings including dinosaurs eggs, bones and fossil mammals. In addition, two copies of films and photos captured in Mongolia; and to collaborate on founding an “Urguu” museum. According to the agreement, all findings were agreed to deploy under scientific purposes only.

Consequently, Dr. John Flynn pledged to convey MP Ts.Oyungerel's request to Head of the American Museum of Natural History and respond shortly. Parliamentarian Ts.Oyungerel is a former Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Mongolia, and during the term of the office, she administered to repatriate over 400 findings and fossils including Tyrannosaurus bataar, a 70-million-year-old dinosaur.

Press and Public Relations Department of the State Great Hural of Mongolia