British Museum confirms Parthenon marbles talks with Greece

The British Museum in London has confirmed that it is in discussions with the Greek government over the future of the Parthenon Marbles. A report published by Bloomberg on 3 January suggested that the two parties are closing on a deal that would see some of the contested sculptures return from London to Athens as part of a loan agreement; Greek sources dispute this version of events, with one official telling the Guardian that ‘there is no such deal’. Secret negotiations between the museum’s chair of trustees, George Osborne, and the Greek government are said to have begun more than