Thirty members of the European Parliament are calling for the return of the Parthenon Sculptures to Greece, in a letter to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The MEPs representing 12 EU countries, agreed to begin pressuring the British Museum to return the sculptures as Greece prepares to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Greek War of Independence next year.
Greek Member of the European Parliament Eva Kaili, explained that in their letter, the 30 MEPs say that a legislative act of the British government would allow the return by the museum and provide a message of goodwill to the EU, confirming the close ties of Europe and the UK ahead of the final Brexit agreement.
It is recalled two months ago, members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson urging “earnest” talks for the return of the Parthenon sculptures to Greece.
The 2,500-year-old marble sculptures have been the subject of dispute for over three decades, with Greece and the international community repeatedly calling on the British Museum to return them to their place of origin.
The sculptures were ‘violently’ and illegally removed from the Parthenon by Lord Elgin in the 1800s and sold to the British Museum.
The British Museum has consistently refused to return the priceless marbles.