2013 Archived News

Cameron rules out return of Parthenon marbles

22 February 2013

Nothing new with Prime Minister David Cameron's firm stance regarding the reunification of the Parthenon sculptures .... Mr Cameron made much same point a few years ago in Parliment and he is entitled to his opinion -  an opinion that will not earn him global or popular support, but then he wasn't trying to grab our attention was he? 



Cameron rules out return of Parthenon marbles

British Prime Minister David Cameron has ruled out the return of the so-called Elgin marbles to Greece.

Speaking from India, where he is on an official visit, on Thursday the Tory leader turned down requests for the return of the Koh-i-noor diamond to Britain’s former colony saying he did not believe in “returnism.”

“It is the same question with the Elgin marbles,” Cameron said, referring to the classical Greek marble sculptures currently on display at the British Museum in London.

Greece has long campaigned for the marbles, which are part of the Parthenon temple on the Acropolis and which were removed by Lord Elgin during Ottoman rule, to be returned to their rightful place.

“The right answer is for the British Museum and other cultural institutions to do exactly what they do, which is to link up with other institutions around the world to make sure that the things which we have and look after so well are properly shared with people around the world,” Cameron said.