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Greece calls on Britain to hold talks on retrieving Parthenon statues

Greece calls on Britain to hold talks on retrieving Parthenon statues

ATHENS, Nov 13 (DASR) – Greek Prime Minister Griagos Mitsotakis on Friday said the marble statues of Parthenon, housed in the British Museum in London, should be returned to Athens. Reuters reported.

In March, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson rejected Greece’s permanent request to return the 2,500-year-old statues, saying Britain was the legal owner of the Parthenon statues.

“The United Kingdom must engage in a good faith dialogue with Greece, and I urge it to do so.” Mitsotakis said in a speech in Paris.

Speaking on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the founding of UNESCO, UNESCO’s Cultural and Scientific Organization, Mitsotakis said it had taken a major step in September, realizing that this was an intergovernmental problem.

“The duty to return the statues from Parthanon rests directly with the Government of England.” he said.

Since independence in 1832, when Greece was ruled by the Ottoman Empire in the early 19th century, the British ambassador from Athena has repeatedly called for the return of the so-called Elgin marbles statues in Britain, which were replaced by Lord Elgin in Britain. .

The British Museum in London refuses to return the statues, which make up half of the 160-meter fries that adorned the 5th century BC monument, claiming that Elgin received them under a proper treaty with the Ottoman Empire. “They are all part of a common heritage,” he declares.

“It is important that the marble statues from Parthenon in London merge with most of the Parthenon statues in Athens.” Mitsotakis said.