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Petros Tatoulis’s response on the treatment of the Elgin Marbles

Following Sunday’s article [1], Petros Tatoulis, Greece’s deputy culture minister has issued a response to it.

Athens News Agency [2]

Tatoulis on reports concerning the maintenance of the Parthenon Marbles by the British Museum

Athens, 17/5/2005 (ANA)

Deputy Culture Minister Petros Tatoulis, commenting on reports by foreign newspapers on the manner with which the British Museum maintains and protects the Parthenon Marbles, said on Monday that “the Greek government does not wish to comment further on the information concerning the inadequate maintenance and protection of the Elgin Marbles by the British Museum.”

Tatoulis in his announcement said that it was self-evident that the monuments of world cultural heritage with such importance, should be treated with the greatest possible attention.

“The Parthenon is not a ruin, if the comments regarding a ruin are attributed properly, but is a monument of major human spirit,” the announcement stressed.

Finally, Tatoulis reiterated the Greek request for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece because they are an inseparable part of the monument of the Parthenon.