February 21, 2004

European deputies call for return of Elgin Marbles

Posted at 1:52 pm in Elgin Marbles

A letter signed by 208 European deputies has been delivered to Tony Blair urging him to return the Parthenon Marbles to Athens.

Macedonian Press Agency

Athens, 18 February 2004 (20:48 UTC+2)

A total of 208 Euro-deputies signed a letter addressed to British Prime Minister Tony Blair, at the initiative of Coalition of Radical Left Greek Euro-deputy Alekos Alavanos, calling for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece.

The letter is signed, among others, by former European Commission President Jacques Sander, three European Parliament Presidents, three Presidents of European Parliament Groups, Olympic Games medallists Echerer and Mennea and Italian prosecutor Di Pietro.

In the letter it is stressed that high percentages of the British public opinion, 81% of those participating in an opinion poll and 90% of the British museum employees see positively the request for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Athens this year.

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