UK rejects Greece’s appeal to negotiate the return of the ever-controversial Elgin marbles

This is a very distressing state of affairs that a super powerful country like England can continue to keep possession of Greece`s ancient Parthenon marbles, which are a major part of Creece`s cultural heritage. This behaviour by England is very disappointing and is a stain on England`s reputation.

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At the end of last month the British Museum and the UK Government formally declined UNESCO’s request to enter into mediation on the subject of transferring the Parthenon marbles back to Greece. Removed by Lord Elgin from the Parthenon temple in Athens in the 1800s, the marbles were sold to the British Museum in 1816 and have remained there ever since. The sculptures date from 447-432 BC, and are divided between London and a purpose built museum in Athens. 

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