jueves, 9 de diciembre de 2010

Permuta peculiar

El título suena fatal, pero viene al caso.

Los famosos documentos secretos que vamos conociendo por entregas, alumbran un curioso cambalache: el gobierno norteamericano propuso en 2008 al ministro de cultura español, César Antonio Molina, zanjar el contencioso con la compañía Odyssey, a propósito de un barco español hundido, a cambio de que Claude Cassirer "recuperara" la propiedad de una pintura de Pissarro (Rue St. Honoré) vendida por su abuela a los nazis por 900 marcos.
El ministro se remitió a las decisiones de los jueces...

"The Ambassador noted also that while the Odyssey and Cassirer claim were on separate legal tracks, it was in both governments' interest to avail themselves of whatever margin for manuever they had, consistent with their legal obligations, to resolve both matters in a way that favored the bilateral relationship. The minister listened carefully to the Ambassador's message, but he put the accent on the separateness of the issues. Molina said that no Spanish government could return the painting (if this is what the claimant wants). To begin with, while the minister presides over the board that manages the Thyssen Museum's collection, the minister could not oblige the board to return the painting without a (Spanish) legal judgment. The minister added that paying compensation, as the British government has reportedly done in a number of cases, also posed legal problems. Director General van Damme said, however, that perhaps the Spanish government had "sinned" (pecado) in not meeting with the claimant or his representative. The minister said that he was willing to meet with the claimant or his representative in connection with a trip to Washington, D.C. in September or October this year. "

Chapeau.

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