Council Backs Return of Marbles
Byline: CLARE USHER and ALAN WESTON
LIVERPOOL Council last night called on the Government to return the Elgin Marbles to Athens.
Politicians voted overwhelmingly in support of a motion to repatriate the historic art works to their homeland in return for Greece sharing some of its priceless treasures for display in Liverpool.
Council leader Mike Storey and Cllr Keith Turner have asked colleagues to write to National Museums Liverpool in support of Marbles Reunited, a group who want the British Museum to return the partial collection of stones to Athens.
Cllr Storey said: ``The loaning arrangement seems an imaginative way of dealing with a long- standing controversial problem.
``Liverpool and Glasgow have both been named specifically by the Greek government as possible regions for artefacts from Greece to be displayed because of their Capital of Culture connections.
``This gets out of all the legal argument about ownership and could set up a partnership between two museums and two countries.''
Cllr Keith Turner added: ``We want Liverpool to be at the forefront of this campaign so,in the run-up to 2008, we can have interesting displays from Greece.''
The support has been welcomed by the Marbles Reunited campaign who are adamant that the statues should be returned to their home in Athens. …