Greece again asks London to return the Parthenon marbles
Greece again appealed to Britain with a request to give away the Parthenon marbles exported from the country more than 200 years ago.
Marble bas-reliefs depicting the battle of the Greeks with centaurs make up about half of the frieze that adorned the ancient temple. They were taken to London by Lord Elgin, a British diplomat, in 1816 and sold to the British Museum. Now they are one of his most famous exhibits.
"The opening of our archaeological sites [after quarantine - ed.] Is an occasion for the international committees that advocate the restitution of the Parthenon marbles to again express their constant request and the request of the Greek government to return the marbles to their homeland," said Lina Mendon , Minister of Culture of Greece.
She added that Greece would never recognize the British Museum’s ownership of them.
Greece has been asking Britain for restitution of the Parthenon marbles for decades, but London does not agree, referring to the fact that the marbles were removed with the allowance of Porta, the power of the Ottoman Empire, which at that time controlled the territory of the country.
In recent years, Athens has offered to resolve the issue through the mediation of UNESCO, the British Museum does not agree.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, having assumed office, formally requested that the monument be loaned to Athens on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the celebration of the country's independence in 2021.
On May 21, the Parthenon International Sculpture Reunion Association sent a letter to the Greek Ministry of Culture with a proposal to renew pressure on the British Museum.