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Early Day Motion on UNESCO Mediation for Parthenon Sculptures

I only just noticed this, even though it happened some time ago. Labour MP Alan Meale has tabled an Early Day Motion, to highlight the UK Government’s current inaction over Greece’s proposals for mediation over the Parthenon Marbles under the auspices of UNESCO.

Previous posts on EDMs [1] explain the purpose of Early Day Motions.

Parliamentary Information Management Web Site [2]

Early day motion 861
Meale, Alan

That this House recalls that Greece has continuously, since it gained full independence in 1832, requested the return of the sculptures removed from the Parthenon by Lord Elgin and held in the British Museum since 1816; is aware that this dispute has been on the agenda of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Promotion of the Return of Cultural Property since 1987; notes that the Director General of UNESCO has recently written to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and the Director of the British Museum to advise them of Greece’s request for the dispute to be settled by mediation; and calls on the Government and the British Museum to co-operate fully and positively in the mediation process.

The following MPs have signed this so far:

  1. Campbell, Ronnie
  2. Caton, Martin
  3. Corbyn, Jeremy
  4. Dobbin, Jim
  5. Edwards, Jonathan
  6. George, Andrew
  7. Hancock, Mike
  8. Hood, Jim
  9. Leech, John
  10. Llwyd, Elfyn
  11. McDonnell, John
  12. Meale, Alan
  13. Williams, Hywel