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London mayor says UK government should share Parthenon sculptures

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called on the British government to find a way to share the Parthenon sculptures with their homeland, Greece.

The sculptures were removed from the Acropolis of Athens over 200 years ago by Lord Elgin, the British Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire from 1799 to 1803, who occupied Greece from 1458 to 1820.

The British Museum claims that Elgin acquired the artifacts legally, having received a permit from the Ottoman rulers giving it permission to take them.

Greece, however, disagrees and has repeatedly demanded that the stolen items be returned to their rightful domicile in Greece.

Khan said he agreed with former Chancellor of the Exchequer and chairman of the trustees of the British Museum, George Osborne, who recently said the organization should “find a way to share” the ancient sculptures.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he agreed with British Museum trustee chairman George Osborne who said the UK should ‘find a way to share’ the ancient Parthenon sculptures .

“I think it’s important to have these discussions,” he said.

“I think generally speaking the discussion is always good and the dialogue is always good and it’s refreshing to hear the British Museum speak that way.

“I really encourage the British Museum, the UK Government and the Greek Government and the appropriate place – the Athens Museum – to discuss how we can move forward on this issue.

“I want them to stay in our town, but why can’t we share them?” Khan asked.

“Why can’t we work with other cities around the world to create a situation where people, who can’t come to London, can’t enjoy the wonderful British Museum, can also see some of these things elsewhere?”

Greek Sculptures Parthenon Marbles

Public institutions around the world are facing increasing pressure to reassess their collections and Khan believes the UK should take heed of this lesson to bring ancient artefacts back to where they came from.

In October it was announced that a 19e The century bronze statue which was looted in Nigeria before being donated to the University of Cambridge would be sent home.

Mr Khan told the Huff Post that agreeing on the fate of the marbles with Mr Osborne was ‘probably the end of my career’.

“There’s no reason why we can’t show the strength of our friendship with other countries, whether it’s Greece or what Germany has done to share some of these things,” he said. he declared.

“It has been treated as a test of virility, it is wrongly assimilated, in my opinion, to patriotism and it is confused with nationalism.

“That kind of progressive conversation is what it takes and I welcome George starting the conversation.

“It’s the end of my career.”

Khan is regularly named among the top 100 London politicians in the London Evening Standard’s annual poll of the 1,000 most influential Londoners.

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