21 April, 2008
A reference made by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rand during his recent visit to London concerning the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece drew reactions as well as approval.
Rand drew a parallel between the importance of Australia again retaining the cricket trophy urn to a significance placed by Greeks for the return of the Parthenon Marbles.
After referring to the Parthenon Marbles and the trophy, Rand said during a public lecture in London that this comparison might create a problem for him.
The President of the International Committee for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles, David Hill, said "the return of the Parthenon Marbles is a basic priority in the sector of world heritage. Personally, I would not have referred to the issue in the way that Mr. Rand did, but it did not annoy me either. The essence is that the prime minister expressed support for the return of the Parthenon Marbles, and this is very good."
Source: Athens News Agency