May 20, 2015

Parthenon Marbles litigation still under consideration by Greece

Posted at 7:36 am in British Museum, Elgin Marbles

Text of the original press statement by Greek Culture Minister Nikos Xydakis, clarifying the earlier comments about potentially taking legal action over the Parthenon Marbles.

As I already said, it is a great shame that more has not been made of this clarification, or that a more detailed statement was not made sooner. Many newspapers in the UK have already been spinning the original story as the campaigning for the Parthenon Marbles being over – that Britain was acknowledging Britain’s legitimate ownership of the sculptures. This was never the case – not in the original statement and definitely not in this one. This is not an issue that will go away, much as certain elements within Britain might wish that to be the case.

I have given the text as an automatically translated version, with the original Greek below.

Greek culture minister Nikos Xydakis

Greek culture minister Nikos Xydakis

Greek Ministry of Culture

A journalist’s question about the Greek government’s strategy regarding the claim of the Parthenon Marbles, the if. Minister of Culture Mr. Nikos Xydakis made the following statement:

The legal advice is extremely useful and reinforce the arguments of Greece for the return of the Parthenon Marbles, but the Greek government has never stated its commitment in the near future to follow the court proceedings.

The judicial route is one of the many avenues open before us.

The long struggle by political and diplomatic means in order to enlighten the international public opinion has already brought impressive results. The majority of public opinion, and even in Britain would welcome the return of the Marbles.

In any case the Greek Government, drawing on the vast experience of the past, chooses most appropriate means, conditions and scope for achieving its objectives.

The original text in Greek

Σε ερώτηση δημοσιογράφου σχετικά με τη στρατηγική της ελληνικής κυβέρνησης όσον αφορά τη διεκδίκηση των Γλυπτών του Παρθενώνα, ο αν. Υπουργός Πολιτισμού κ. Νίκος Ξυδάκης έκανε την ακόλουθη δήλωση:

Οι νομικές γνωματεύσεις είναι εξαιρετικά χρήσιμες και ενισχύουν την επιχειρηματολογία της Ελλάδας για την επιστροφή των γλυπτών του Παρθενώνα, ωστόσο η ελληνική κυβέρνηση ουδέποτε δήλωσε ότι δεσμεύεται στο άμεσο μέλλον να ακολουθήσει τη δικαστική οδό.

Η δικαστική οδός είναι μια από τις πολλές οδούς που ανοίγονται μπροστά μας.

Ο πολυετής αγώνας με πολιτικά και διπλωματικά μέσα με σκοπό τη διαφώτιση της διεθνούς κοινής γνώμης έχει φέρει ήδη εντυπωσιακά αποτελέσματα. Το μεγαλύτερο μέρος της κοινής γνώμης, και μάλιστα στη Βρετανία, διάκειται ευνοϊκά στην επιστροφή των Γλυπτών.

Σε κάθε περίπτωση η ελληνική Κυβέρνηση, αξιοποιώντας την πλούσια πείρα του παρελθόντος, επιλέγει τα προσφορότερα μέσα, τους όρους και το πεδίο για την επίτευξη των στόχων της.

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