LIMA, Peru — Peru's president announced Friday that Yale University has agreed to return thousands of artifacts taken away from the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu nearly a century ago.
There was no immediate comment from the university. The artifacts have been at the center of a bitter dispute for years, with Peru filing a lawsuit in US court against the school.
President Alan Garcia said the government had reached a deal with Yale for the university to begin sending back more than 4,000 objects, including pottery, textiles and bones, early in 2011 after an inventory of the pieces is completed.
He said the agreement came after Yale's representative, former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, came to Peru for talks on resolving the fight.
"We are very pleased that Yale University has responded so positively," Garcia said at the Government Palace.