Greece Still Pondering Best Way to Get Parthenon Marbles Back

The Greek authorities is transferring forward with a collection of political and diplomatic actions in direction of the repatriation of the Parthenon Marbles which have been illegally faraway from the Parthenon by Lord Elgin within the 1800s and have for nearly two centuries resided within the British Museum.

Alternate International Minister Nikos Xydakis mentioned the federal government’s agenda was devoted initially to elevating consciousness, including that Greece’s “arsenal” within the ongoing battle is the elimination of stereotypes and the change of public opinion, which can in flip place stress on UK authorities to behave on Greece’s simply demand.

Within the ongoing wrangle, Greece has additionally sought authorized counsel which has suggested taking the British Museum to the European Courtroom of Human Rights. Different choices embrace interesting to the United Nations Instructional, Scientific and Cultural Group (UNESCO) and making use of for an advisory judgment from the Worldwide Courtroom of Justice (ICJ). 

Parthenon, Acropolis

However Tradition Minister Aristides Baltas informed The Guardian final week, {that a} authorized battle would unlikely result in the return of the Marbles… “As there are not any arduous and quick guidelines relating to the difficulty of returning treasures taken away from varied nations, there isn’t any indeniable authorized foundation.”

As a substitute, he informed the British paper that Greece is “attempting to develop alliances which we hope would finally result in a world physique just like the UN to return with us towards the British Museum”.

“If the UN represents all nations of the world and all nations of the world say ‘the Marbles must be returned’, then we’ll go to court docket as a result of the British Museum can be towards humanity,” he added.

For over three a long time, Greece has repeatedly known as on the British Museum to return the two,500-year-old marble sculptures that after adorned the Parthenon and have been the topic of dispute since they have been unlawfully eliminated and bought by Lord Elgin to the British Museum in 1817.