During British rule in Greece, Lord Elgin, a British statesman, removed sculptures from the Parthenon Temple at the beginning of the 19th century and brought them to his country. His claim was that he brought these sculptures under permission, but Elgin couldn’t prove this assertion, leading to an ongoing dispute between Greece and Britain over these sculptures.

Reuters, London. The scheduled meeting between British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has been canceled. The reason behind the cancellation is a collection of sculptures that dates back 2,500 years. These sculptures are currently housed in a British museum, and Greece has been consistently demanding their return from Britain. However, Britain has refused to repatriate the sculptures.

What is the Controversy Regarding the Sculptures? This issue has become a political dispute between the two countries. During British rule in Greece, Lord Elgin, a British statesman, removed sculptures from the Parthenon Temple at the beginning of the 19th century and brought them to his country.

His claim was that he brought these sculptures under permission, but Elgin couldn’t prove this assertion, leading to an ongoing dispute between Greece and Britain over these sculptures.

Efforts by Greece to Bring the Sculptures to Athens It is worth mentioning that discussions are underway between the Greek government and George Osborne, the chairman of the British Museum, regarding a possible loan deal for the sculptures. Greece has been making efforts to bring these sculptures back to Athens.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for PM Sunak stated that there is no plan to return the sculptures.

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