The Culture Ministry announced on Wednesday that it is set on taking legal action against Los Angeles-based J. Paul Getty Museum over four works of ancient Greek art that the ministry claims the museum possesses illegally.
The antiquities in question are believed to have been smuggled out of Greece and bought by the Getty.
The ministry had announced its intended course of action last week and insists on following it despite a letter from the museum's Director Designate Michael Brand, who promises to re-examine the issue once he becomes curator in January 2006.
The ministry said it appreciates Brand's gesture but will only refrain from taking legal action once the antiquities have been returned.
Source: Athens News Agency