Canada joins the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures

“Canadians Launch Renewed Campaign for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles”

London, England. - Steve Ashton, the Chair of the Canadian Committee for the Return of the Parthenon  Marbles ,announced today that Canadians are launching a renewed campaign for the return of the Parthenon Marbles and that the Canadian committee will be joining the International Committee for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles. Mr Ashton made the call after visiting the British Museum in London. He will be visiting the new Acropolis Museum on Monday.

Mr. Ashton said that the renewed campaign coincides with the completion of the new Acropolis Museum in Athens in 2007. “Our position is clear. We believe the Marbles should be returned to Greece where they belong. With the completion of the museum we believe the time is right for the British Museum to make a historic gesture and return them.”

Mr. Ashton, who is the Intergovernmental Affairs Minister for the Province of Manitoba, Canada, said there is increasing support for the return of the Marbles, including in Britain itself. There have also been several sculptures that have been returned to Greece from other museums in recent months. .”The Parthenon Marbles are of universal cultural significance. They were literally chiseled off the Parthenon and taken to Britain by Lord Elgin in the early 19th century. Since that time many people have fought to have the Marbles returned to Greece.” he pointed out.

The original Canadian campaign was launched in 2000 and involved a successful petition campaign calling for the return of the Marbles. In 2004 a motion calling for the return of the Marbles was introduced by John Cannis MP and passed by the House of Commons.

In conclusion Mr. Ashton said the campaign will continue no matter what. “Whether it takes 6 months or 60 years our dream of the return of the Parthenon Marbles will never die.”

For Further Information call Steve Ashton at 204-945-4067, 204-778-8602 (Manitoba) or  0870 333 9108 (London)

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