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September 24, 1987| Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

Continuing her long protest over Great Britain's holding of the famed Elgin Marbles, Greek Culture Minister Melina Mercouri said Wednesday her government will keep a room in a new Athens museum empty and waiting for the priceless sculptures taken from the Acropolis more than 180 years ago. "The struggle to regain the Elgin Marbles is a daily one," Mercouri told a news conference. Mercouri has fought an unsuccessful five-year campaign to win back the ancient Greek sculptures--cut away from the frieze of the Parthenon by British diplomat Lord Elgin in 1806 and on view in the British Museum--and house them in the Acropolis Museum, now under construction.

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