An event on the new Acropolis Museum was organized by the Greek Embassy in Washington on Monday, under the auspices of the Archaeological Institute of America.
The event, which was addressed by Greek Ambassador Alexandros Mallias, attracted the interest of hundreds of people from the broader region of Washington, among them many journalists.
Australia's two most prestigious newspapers, "The Sydney Morning Herald" and "The Australian", are endorsing the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece on the occasion of the functioning of the new Acropolis museum.
Both daily newspapers, having circulations running into hundreds of thousands of copies each, are promoting in relevant reports events and lectures that will be beginning in Sydney this week on the issue of restoration work at the Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum under the general title of "The Parthenon Project."
The newspaper "The Australian" mainly refers to the campaign for the return of the Parthenon Marbles and the New Acropolis Museum.
According to the report, the most noticeable element of the New Acropolis Museum, that is expected to open early next year, will be an empty room that will "await" the return of the Parthenon Marbles that were removed by Lord Elgin and are in the British Museum.
The report in the newspaper "The Sydney Morning Herald" refers to the historic event of the transfer and sale of Parthenoin Marbles by Lord Elgin.
Now, as the work on the restoration of the Parthenon is being completed and as the inauguration of the New Acropolis Museum is approaching, the time has now come for the return of the Marbles to their home.
As is noted by Maria Ioannidou, the director of the Acropolis Monuments Maintenance Service, "we must no longer call them the Elgin Marbles but the "Parthenon Marbles" and they must be returned to Greece."
"The Parthenon is not a ruin. It is standing autonomously and for one to see it complete, the Marbles must be returned," she said.
Source: Athens News Agency