British Museum hints at 'sharing' the Parthenon Sculptures with Greece

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The British Museum could potentially share the Parthenon Sculptures with Greece hinted its Chairman Mr George Osborne during a radio interview on Wednesday, reported Kathimerini newspaper.

In what appears to be a softening of a once rigid position by the British Museum, during his interview with  London-based phone-in and talk radio station LBC, Osborne said he would support an arrangement where the pieces were shared between London and Athens.

The set of sculptures, a major part of the decoration of the 5th-century Parthenon, have been a source of friction between Greek governments and the museum, where they are shown.

Osborne’s statements to LBC were the first to hint at an opening to a compromise.

Calling them “an amazing testament to human civilization,” the Osborne was asked whether that meant you could “move some of them to Greece at last for a while, and then back to London.”

“That kind of arrangement. Sensible people should come up with something where you can see them in their splendour in Athens and see them among the splendours of other civilisations in London,” he responded.