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Diamond In Royal Crown is Ours, Says Britain

British PM David Cameron says a big diamond his nation forced India to get in the colonial era that was fixed in a royal crown will not be got back.

Giving speech on the third and final day of an India tour targeted at drumming up trade and investment, Cameron has given the final decision on handing back the 105-carat Koh-i-Noor diamond, now on exhibit in the Tower of London. The diamond had been fixed in the crown of the present Queen Elizabeth's late mother.

One of the world's biggest diamonds, some Indians including independence leader Mahatma Gandhi's grandson have demanded its come back to expiate for Britain's colonial past.

"I don't believe that's the right formulation," Cameron told reporters on Wednesday after seemly the first serving British prime minister to sound regret about one of the bloodiest occurrences in colonial India, a execution of unarmed civilians in the city of Amritsar in 1919.

"It is the same query with the Elgin Marbles," he said, mentioning to the classical Greek marble sculptures that Athens has long demanded be returned back.

"The correct answer is for the British Museum and other ethnic institutions to do just what they do, which is to connect with other institutions around the world to make sure that the property which we have and look after so well are decently shared with people around the world. "I surely don't think in 'returnism', as it were. I don't think that's reasonable."

Britain's then colonial governor-general of India ordered for the huge diamond to be conferred to Queen Victoria in 1850.

If Kate Middleton, the wife of Prince William, who is next in line to the throne, finally becomes queen consort she will head the crown holding the diamond on formal occasions. When Elizabeth II created a state visit to India to mark the 50th day of remembrance of India's independence from Britain in 1997, many Indians asked for the return of the diamond. Cameron is likely to tap into India's economic growth, but says he is eager to focus on the present and approaching rather than "reach back" into the agone.

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