Greece condemns British refusal of mediation by UNESCO on Parthenon sculptures

30 Mar 2015 10:30 AM | Anonymous
Greece condemns British refusal of mediation by UNESCO on Parthenon sculptures

ATHENS (AFP).- Greece on Saturday criticised the "negativism" of the British Museum in rejecting mediation by UNESCO to help resolve the decades-old dispute over returning ancient Parthenon sculptures to Athens.

The sculptures are part of the collection popularly known as the "Elgin Marbles" which were acquired by Lord Elgin in the early 1800s when he was ambassador to the Ottoman court. The British parliament purchased the art treasures in 1816 and gave them to the museum.

For the past 30 years Athens has been demanding the return of the sculptures which had decorated the Parthenon temple on the Acropolis in Athens from ancient times. 
 

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