British PM rules out return of Parthenon Marbles to Greece

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Fri, 2021-03-12 14:42

ATHENS: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ruled out the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece in an interview published Friday, insisting the artefacts were legally acquired by Britain.
“The British government has a firm and long-standing position on the sculptures: they were legally acquired by Lord Elgin, in accordance with the laws in force at the time,” Johnson told Greek newspaper Ta Nea.
He insisted that the 2500-year-old sculptures, popularly known as the Elgin Marbles, “have been legally owned by the British Museum’s Trustees since their acquisition.

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