Greece demands marbles return as new Acropolis opens - Yahoo! News
Prime ministers and ministers of culture from around the world, along with the president of Unesco, gathered in Athens to witness the opening of the €130 million (£110 million) glass and concrete building a few hundred yards from the foot of the Parthenon.
However, there was a conspicuous absence of British and European Union senior ministers who had been invited to the opening of the building that Greece's culture minister said is the physical embodiment of a campaign dating back to 1983 to secure the return of the Parthenon marbles from the British MuseumI agree with UK on this, we shouldn't return it."The British said we don't deserve the Parthenon sculptures because we have nowhere to put them," Mr Samaras told the foreign press. "Now, though, we have one of the best museums in the world."
Last week Mr Samaras dismissed an offer by the British Museum, which claims ownership of the Parthenon, or Elgin marbles, to lend them to Greece for three months on condition that Greece recognised the British Museum as legal owner.
Possession is nine-tenths of the law, we bought it fair and square.