GREEKS & BRITS WILL TALK ABOUT THE ELGIN MARBLES
Talks in two weeks' time will be the first serious negotiations after years of resistance by the British Museum.
The BBC's Malcolm Brabant said the director of the museum - holders of the sculptures for nearly 200 years - had hinted of a possible six-month loan.
One option may be for the marbles to be held in a British Museum annex of a new museum due to open in Athens this summer. This way London could maintain ownership while the priceless sculptures, which once adorned the Parthenon temple, could be enjoyed by Greeks and their visitors.
The idea has been described as "excellent" by Andrew George, the Liberal Democrat MP, who is campaigning in Parliament for the Marbles to be returned to the place where they were created more than 2,000 years ago.
Greece has long campaigned for their return. But the British Museum says the Marbles are better off in London, safe from pollution damage in Athens.