British Museum's ancient Greek Meidias vase will be loaned to Athens—leaving London for the first time in 250 years
The decision comes after the chairman of the UK institution reiterated his desire to reach an agreement with Greece over the Parthenon Marbles
Parthenon Marbles deal still on the table despite British Museum theft scandal
Other Greek treasures would come to London in exchange for a loan of the contested sculptures
Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum in talks to send back Parthenon marble pieces to Greece
Greek minister says move gives restitution discussions with British Museum "momentum"
Dimitrios Pandermalis, director and curator of the Acropolis Museum in Athens, has died, aged 82
Pandermalis, a revered archaeologist and professor, had also been outspoken in calling for the reunification of all the Parthenon marbles in Athens
'Despite being an ethnic Greek, I supported Britain's claim to the Parthenon Marbles—here is why my position has changed'
"The arguments against their return to Greece are no longer tenable," argues art historian and museum professional Eleni Vassilika