Obama urged over Inca artefacts
Peru's government formally asked US President Barack Obama to assist Peruvian efforts to get Yale University to return thousands of artefacts taken from the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
In a letter to Mr Obama, President Alan Garcia said it was "just and necessary" for Mr Obama to intervene on Peru's behalf, so the South American nation can recover its cultural heritage.
The Peruvian government and Yale are at odds over possession of the artefacts, including funeral shrouds, bones, textiles and ceramics.
Peru demands their return, while Yale hopes to negotiate a settlement over the artefacts, which were removed about a century ago.
His letter was delivered by hand by Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Garcia Belaunde to the US ambassador in Peru, Rose Likins.