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The Benin bronzes’ repatriation could be delayed by a decision regarding ownership of them

It is possible that a ruling over ownership of the Benin Bronzes may delay their return, as it would be necessary to establish legal title before any return could be considered. However, this is not guaranteed, as a ruling may not be necessary in every case, and many countries have negotiated a repatriation directly with their former colonial power. Additionally, there are various challenges in determining rightful ownership that could delay the process even in the cases where a ruling is necessary.