The return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece have been the subject of debate for decades. Yesterday, the US Congress stepped in to accelerate discussions, demanding UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to return the priceless historical artefacts to it’s home country.
In a letter sent to the Prime Minister, the US Congress urge for “earnest” talks for the return of the Parthenon sculptures held by the British Museum to Greece.
“The Marbles have been the source of controversy among western allies for many decades. Greece has long wanted these Parthenon Marbles back,” the letter said, according to reports in the British media on Tuesday.
Signed by 18 members of the United States Congress – both Democrats and Republicans – the letter called on Johnson “to negotiate with the Greek government in earnest on the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece.”
The US Congress requested the marbles be returned by 2021, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the modern Greek state’s founding.
The letter adds: “We remain appreciative of your efforts and good will in support of the historic special relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States, and look forward to strengthening that relationship through the accomplishment of matters such as this.”