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UK will not return the "Elgin Marbles"

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has rejected Athens's demands for the return of the Parthenon Marbles, also known as the Elgin Marbles.

He argues they had been "legally acquired" and are rightfully owned by the British Museum.

"I understand the strong feelings of the Greek people - and indeed Prime Minister Mitsotakis - on the issue," Mr Johnson told Greek newspaper Ta Nea.

"But the UK government has a firm longstanding position on the sculptures which is that they were legally acquired by Lord Elgin under the appropriate laws of the time and have been legally owned by the British Museum's trustees since their acquisition."

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Elgin Marbles: Wikipedia

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They may have been "legally aquired" by the laws of the time, but how the sale of a national treasure by an occupying power, the Ottomans, to a third party without any input from the Greeks can never be moral, neither can the statement by Johnson, descendant of an Ottoman minister, speaking on behalf of the third party, the UK.

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Berlin's plan to return Benin bronzes piles pressure on UK museums

Berlin is negotiating to fully restitute hundreds of the Benin bronzes in a shift of policy that has been welcomed in Nigeria but will put pressure on museums in London and Oxford to also return artefacts looted by British troops from its former west African empire in 1897.

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