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Faced with the possible return of pieces to Greece, the UK government warned the British Museum that it could not fragment its collection Controversy over the Parthenon Marbles

UK government reminded them on this monday British Museum in London that unitYou are prohibited from splitting or assigning, his collectionwithin the framework of purported conversation return to Greece Recognized The Elgin Marbles, which were part of the Parthenon.

talk about this return it’s been almost 300 yearsAncient and famous sculptures were removed from the Parthenon in the early 19th century British diplomat Thomas Bruce, Earl of Elgim, Since then they have been in the possession of the museum, to which Greece has repeatedly demanded restoration.

In this context, and according to the Greek media, the President of the British Museum, former British Finance Minister George Osborne and the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, They held secret talks for a year. Furthermore, it was added that the conversation The “potential return” of the Marbles is in an “advanced stage”.

Rishi Sunak government response

Following the rumours, a spokesman for British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunakinsisted that the administrators of the museum They are free to talk to whomever they want. Even then, “We do not plan to change the law, which prevents the removal of items from museum collectionsExcept in certain circumstances, from the collection of the British Museum.”

According to A British law of 1963, The Museum may sell or give away items from its collection only in three situations, which include the event that the Administrators decide that “the item is not suitable to be kept in the Museum’s collection and may dispose of it without prejudice to the interests of the Museum”. can be done.” Collection “Student”.

whereas, Britain says Lord Elgin has been legally appropriated of marbles When he ordered workers to take out entire fridge from Parthenon: Ex-diplomat sold the marbles to the British government, Who gave them to the museum in 1817.

That’s why Greece is sticking to its stand that they were stolen and have been fighting for their return for a long time.

what the british museum said

According to the Museum of London, his collection It contains over eight million objects, of which only about 80,000 are on public display.

Many of those pieces are such that other countries condemn such as “un expolio” or “botin” and the London government had long feared that the Greek marbles might set a precedent.

,We operate within the law and will not destroy our large collectionBecause it tells a unique story of our common humanity,” the museum said last Saturday., wishing “A New Partnership with Greece for the Parthenon”.

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