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08 January, 2001
Canada's visiting Minister of Highways and Government Services (Manitoba) and secretary of the Canadian Committee for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles, Steve Ashton, on Friday called for the return of the 5th century B.C. friezes to Greece.
"Our dream is for the Marbles to return to the Parthenon, where they belong, by the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens," Ashton said during a tour of the Acropolis accompanied by his wife Hari and their daughter.
Ashton was emphatic that the Marbles must be returned to Greece, "now", noting Greece's immense contribution to Canada and the world throughout history and adding that "it's time that Canada and the world return something to Greece".
"It is time to say to and pressure Britain to return that which belongs here," Ashton said.
The British-born Ashton said that although he was not born a Greek, "I am a Greek in my heart".
He said that the majority of people in Britain also desired the return of the Marbles to the Parthenon, adding that next week he would be in London to discuss the matter with the British Committee for the Return of the Marbles.
Source: Athens News Agency