The Times insists: The Parthenon Sculptures will soon return to Greece – Close to announcing an agreement

The British Times refers in an article today to the agreement supposedly underway between Britain and Greece for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Athens.

It is a barrage of publications about the return of the Parthenon Sculptures to Greece, since the Telegraph, Bloomberg and La Repubblica reported yesterday, at the same time, on the same agreement . And, although sources from the Greek Ministry of Culture denied that such a possibility exists, the reports persist. ” Bloomberg’s report that the British Museum and the Acropolis Museum are close to an agreement that will pave the way for the gradual return of the Parthenon Sculptures to Greece as part of a cultural exchange is not true ,” Culture Ministry sources said yesterday.

“The president of the British Museum is close to the announcement”

The Times in its article congratulates the chairman of the British Museum, George Osborne, and notes: ” Signs are that Osborne, who recently met with Kyriakos Mitsotakis to discuss a deal, is close to announcing a compromise under whereby the Marbles will be returned to Athens on an indefinite loan in exchange for rather shorter loans of exhibits kept in the Acropolis Museum. This proposal will overcome the obstacle posed by the trustees of the British Museum owning the friezes and being prevented by law from giving them away .’

In fact, the Times reports that this agreement ” allegedly has already been drawn up ” and characterizes it as a good solution to the confrontation that has burdened the otherwise good Anglo-Greek relations for the last 40 years.

It is also mentioned that the main argument used by the British Museum for not returning the Marbles, namely that the Greeks are not reliable custodians of their treasures, has been debunked in practice with the opening of the “magnificent” – as the Times characterizes it – Acropolis Museum in 2009.

They make special reference not only to the change of attitude of the British Museum, but also to their own change of attitude as a newspaper, a remarkable move made about a year ago by a medium which had been on the hard line for years on this issue. . They note that the moral, cultural and diplomatic advantages of repatriation are strengthened.

And the British Times concludes that from this agreement ” both sides can win “, noting that in the British Museum, alongside the loans from Greece, copies of the Parthenon Marbles should be exhibited for continuous exhibition, so as to enjoyed by its visitors as well as for educational reasons.

Reports of the return of the Parthenon Marbles are rife
Meanwhile, in the last few days, the reports in the British and other international media that talk about an agreement on the return of the Parthenon Marbles have been increasing. Among the latest “hits” was that of Bloomberg, which referred to an agreement to be announced for the long-term loan of the Marbles to the Acropolis Museum, in parts and on a rotating basis.

An agreement reached by the two sides was reported by the Telegraph, with the British Museum subsequently issuing a statement in which it stated: “We have publicly stated that we are actively pursuing a new partnership for the Parthenon with our friends in Greece and, as we enter into a new year, constructive discussions continue.”

It should be noted that Kyriakos Mitsotakis was recently in Britain, where he had a meeting with King Charles, but also, as revealed by British publications, with the president of the British Museum, George Osborne.

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  • January 10, 2023 at 3:14 am

    The beautiful “Parthenon” marbles NOT the… so called Elgin, marbles!!! should never have been taken away from their stunning location its been far too long l hope they will be back in their rightful place! Britain! do the right thing!


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