I'm in a terrible rush today, so I will have to keep this short. Sorry, sometimes life does this thing where it demands attention above all else. Today is one of those days.

I wanted to share the efforts of Hellas' government to get the Parthenon statues returned to them as soon as possible. The Archaeology News Network shares that UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has sent a letter to the British Foreign Secretary, informing him of Hellas' request for the return of the Parthenon Marbles.

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According to the Archaeology News Network "the British officials were informed officially about the request of the Greek side to proceed to the process of mediation in order to reach a settlement on the issue of Parthenon Sculptures."

The network further reports that the issue of the Parthenon Sculptures has, since 1987, steadily been in the agenda of any conference of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or repatriation in case of illegal possessions, and that, if the British side agree to conduct this process, it will be the first time that UNESCO will enable this institution to resolve cultural differences between two countries.

Recipients of the letter were British Foreign Minister William Chag , the British Minister for Culture Ms Maria Miller and the Director of the British Museum Mr. Robert Neil McGregor. No word yet on their answer, but I will keep you informed. Naturally, I feel the marbles should be returned home and hope the British government will agree. Backed by UNESCO, Hellas' claim has been backed with a lot of power, so here is to hoping!