Mitsotakis in the Sunday Times: The time is approaching for the decision to reunite the Parthenon Sculptures

The issue of the return of the Parthenon Sculptures from the British Museum in Athens is to be raised with his counterpart Liz Truss  when Kyriakos Mitsotakis visits London later this year writes the Sunday Times which includes statements by the Greek Prime Minister to journalist Matthew Campbell.

As he explained to the newspaper, Kyriakos Mitsotakis believes that Britain is getting closer to the decision to return the Parthenon Sculptures : ” At a time when Tras will be looking to build credibility and while the United Kingdom is somewhat squeezed in terms of its overall image after the funeral (of the queen) will be a fantastic gesture and that’s what I will tell her” he said characteristically.

Regarding King Charles , with whom he said he has a “good personal relationship”, the prime minister believes that he is supportive of the issue of reuniting the Glyptos, although he expects him to remain neutral due to his status. This belief is based on conversations the two had when Charles was Prince of Wales. “I think the climate has changed in the UK,” noted Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

Asked about the meeting with Boris Johnson  in London last November, during which the request for reunification was raised again with the then British Prime Minister repeating the permanent position of the British government, Kyriakos Mitsotakis commented that “Boris is changing his views”.
Beyond the central issue of the Glyptos, the Greek prime minister also referred to Greece’s relations with Turkey, denouncing the disinformation spread by Ankara and pointing out that the Turkish president “is chasing a grandiose Ottoman vision – he wants to be a regional player and expects from everyone to accept the greatness of Turkey, which is simply not going to happen if it results in the questioning of Greek sovereignty”.

Commenting on the – according to the British newspaper – economic “transformation” of Greece, Mr. Mitsotakis noted that“we still have to be careful”, citing the economic situation in Britain as an example. “If the UK can be shaken by following the wrong policy, imagine what will happen to Greece,” he comments. “If you need conciliation experience with the IMF, we are here to help,” adds the Prime Minister jokingly.

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One thought on “Mitsotakis in the Sunday Times: The time is approaching for the decision to reunite the Parthenon Sculptures

  • October 20, 2022 at 4:30 am

    These beautiful statues should never have been taken from Greece! They must be returned to their rightful place back on the Parthenon…let’s see the Britsh Government do this…not much good at anything else….really in fact our Government at in a total mess….return these back to the Greek people!!!
    Hope it happens!!! Kaz


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