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UK museum refutes report of Greek antiquities loan

THE British Museum is refuting a Greek radio report saying it offered part of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece on a three-month loan.

A museum spokeswoman says the broadcaster had based its report on a statement referring to the museum's standard policy for loaning objects.

Hannah Boulton says the museum has "not received any loan request for the Parthenon sculptures."

Earlier Thursday, Greece's Culture Minister Antonis Samaras had rejected such a deal, saying it would mean renouncing any Greek claim to the 2,500-year-old sculptures. Greece hopes one day to display the works beside its own surviving Parthenon sections in a new museum opening next weekend.

The works originally decorated the Parthenon temple on the Acropolis of Athens.


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