Elgin Marbles ‘deal’ unlikely as Greece wary of ‘legal trap’

News of the standoff comes after Mr Osborne said last week that the two sides needed to drop their ‘preconditions’ and ‘red lines’ in order to reach a ‘sensitive’ agreement on the future of the works. ancient arts.

But the suggestion was seen as a ploy by those campaigning for the return of the sculptures that once adorned the Parthenon, with famed Cambridge classicist Professor Paul Cartledge – of the British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles – accusing M Osborne to engage in “misappropriation and misinformation”.

Marlen Taffarello Godwin, a member of the committee, said: “If George Osborne really hopes to open a discussion to negotiate an agreement, ‘without any red lines’, that should include the question of ownership of the British Museum.”

The museum has argued that it is the rightful owner of the statues, which it holds in its collection by law on behalf of the British public – thus forcing politicians to change legislation to free the ancient sculptures.

The UK government has insisted that the future of the statues is not the business of politicians but of the British Museum, while saying no changes to legislation are planned.

The two positions have led to an impasse which Unesco has tried to resolve, with talks brokered by the UN cultural body having recently been organized between Greece and the United Kingdom in order to settle the dispute.

However, the British government has distanced itself from the talks, saying the disputed sculptures will not be up for discussion at talks convened to discuss them, a position campaigners for the repatriation of the Marbles told the Telegraph that it was “wacky “.

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