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Greeks Go for All the Marbles In Effort to Get Back Artifacts

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« Reply #45 on: June 13, 2009, 11:55:13 am »


"The government, as any other Greek government would have done in its place, is obliged to turn down the offer," Mr Samaras said, in a statement.

"This is because accepting it would legalise the snatching of the Marbles and the monument's carving-up 207 years ago."

He added that he was prepared to discuss lending Greek antiquities to the British Museum "to fill the gap left when the (Parthenon) Marbles finally return to the place they belong".

Mr Samaras was responding to comments made by British Museum spokeswoman Hannah Boulton on Greek radio.

She said under existing British Museum policy the museum would consider loan requests by any foreign government, including Greece.

But all requests would be considered on a case-by-case basis, taking many factors into consideration, including fitness of the item or items to travel.

Greece would also have to recognise the museum's ownership rights to the sculptures, which is a loan condition.

Ms Boulton told the BBC that the British Museum had not received a request from Greece, nor had it offered the marbles for loan.
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