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5    See, for instance, the statement of Valentin Kopteltsev, head of the Russian delegation to the 1998 Washington Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets: "The law provides that claims ...  could be submitted only within the 18-month period beginning from April 21, 1998. Since the work in the archives as well as attribution of the retrieved works of art is difficult and time-consuming the Russian Government will be ready to discuss these issues even after the expiration of the above period." In J. D. Bindenagel (ed.), Proceedings, Washington Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of State, 1999), 319.
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