Greeks snubbed on marbles
Archimedes: March 2013
Greeks snubbed on return of marbles.
Still no hope for the Greeks in getting the Parthenon Marbles, known in the UK as the Elgin Marbles, returned to their original home. The marble frieze sculptures, plundered from the Acropolis in Athens nearly 200 year ago, are to stay in Britain according to British PM David Cameron.
Cameron insists the marbles will stay in the British Museum in London despite polls that show most people in the UK think Britain should return them to the original site in Athens.
The PM referred to the marbles on a recent trip to India where he also ruled out the return of a valuable Koh-i-noor diamond given to Queen Victoria in 1850 when India was a British colony.
India has made repeated requests for the return of the Koh-i-noor diamond, now set in the crown of the late Queen Mother and on display with the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London.
"It is the same question with the Elgin marbles," Cameron said in ruling out any return. The British government has repeatedly refused to return the stolen marbles which are a major tourist draw for the British Museum.
The late Greek actress and Culture Minister Melina Mercouri always called them the Parthenon Marbles and claimed Britain had no right to keep property stolen from the Acropolis in Athens.
For many years Greece had nowhere to display the marbles but Greek officials say the New Acropolis Museum' opened several years ago, is an ideal venue.
Greece has pledged to continue its campaign for the return of the marble sculptures which once formed part of the Parthenon temple on the Acropolis in Athens and which were removed by Lord Elgin during Ottoman rule and shipped to Britain.
Author Bio: Archimedes is a travel writer who contributes regularly to a number of websites and magazines including British Museum