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29 April, 2002
The chief editor of the Melbourne-based Sunday Herald Sun called on Britain to return the Parthenon Marbles to Athens and pledged that his newspaper would continue to campaign for their repatriation.
''The arguments used by the British, who refuse to return the sculptures, no longer hold good. I hope that by (the Olympics) in 2004 they will be in Athens,'' Alan Howe told reporters on Sunday.
He was speaking at a ceremony arranged by the Council for Overseas Greeks (Oceania) with ethnic Greek businesses to welcome the newspaper's contribution to the campaign for return of the Marbles.
In the past, the Sunday Herald Sun has said that museums around the world were afraid of the idea of the sculptures returning to the Parthenon in case a precedent was set for other works of art to be sent back to their country of origin.
Although study on a case-by-case basis was required, there was no longer any doubt that Lord Elgin had looted the treasures from Greece, and that justice should be done, a recent lead article in the paper said.
The Sunday Herald Sun has also covered a petition campaign by ethnic Greeks in Australia for the sculptures' return that was handed to British Prime Minister Tony Blair on a recent visit to Australia.
The newspaper, which has a circulation of 550,000, has also published petition forms for readers to sign and send back.
Source: Athens News Agency