The British Museum on Monday ruled out the return to Greece of "all" the Parthenon Marbles, in an announcement issued after last week's meeting between Greek and UK culture ministry officials in the presence of UNESCO representatives.
According to the announcement, the museum considers the Parthenon Marbles an inseparable part of its collection on the cultures of the world that the museum has on display and can therefore "not consider the possibility of returning to Athens all the sculptures of the Parthenon".
The announcement ends, however, by stressing the importance of dialogue and calls for continuing "friendly discussion with out Greek colleagues" in order to explore whether there are "reasonable grounds" for finding a way forward.
Representatives of the Greek and UK culture ministries met in London in the presence of two UNESCO representatives last Friday.
Source: Athens News Agency