Cooperation for Return of Parthenon Marbles


The return of the Parthenon Marbles was at the center of the meeting that the Minister of Culture and Sports Panos Panagiotopoulos held on Sept. 24 with the Delegate to the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures, David Hill.

Two months ago the minister visited Paris and attended a meeting with the Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova, during which he reiterated the demand for the return of the Parthenon Marbles which are now exhibited at the British Museum.

After Panagiotopoulos’ proposal, Bokova agreed to exercise her personal and institutional influence and take an initiative so that the institution will be an intermediary to this purpose.

The issue of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece returned to the news after the Sept. 24 meeting of the Greek Culture Minister with Hill.

Panagiotopoulos discussed with Hill the necessity of a common strategy with the International Association, the Committees and other international bodies who focus on civilization.

The Delegate to the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures is in Athens for the International Meeting of the Commissioners’ Meeting of October 6. The Greek Minister of Culture and Sports will again meet with Hill on Oct. 6 as he will also be present at the meeting to underline the importance of the Parthenon Marbles returning to Greece.


  1. We should totally give them back. And we should get discounts on our Greek holidays in return. Win win!

  2. If you returned them you would get respect from the Greek people and perhaps an old ally back, if it’s not too late.

  3. It’s not too late, but please hold while we get rid of the current vile government!

  4. While in Paris, why did Minster Panagiotopoulos not make a demand for “the return of” the Parthenon Marbles which are now exhibited at the Musée du Louvre?

  5. Cultural diplomacy with the British Museum will NEVER work. UNESCO has tried and failed over 3 decades. The Greek Government needs to get serious and take legal action for the recovery of the sculptures. There are precedents for this. Talking with the British is a total waste of time.

  6. Why not charge every UK / German / French resident who visits Greece 100 Euro entry or departure Marble Tax . At the very least it will bring the issue to the attention of all. Worst case scenario it will it adds to our bottom line

  7. Please attempt to understand that “the British” are NOT all the same. Or are you a racist?

  8. By “British” I obviously mean the British Government and the British Museum who are the only entities that the Greek Government has ever dealt with or will have to deal with. Your claim about being “racist” is absurd and adds nothing to the debate. I realise there is a large sentiment in the UK for return of the sculptures but so far, British Governments of both political persuasion have resisted any dialogue to discuss return and of course the British Museum is simply stonewalling as it always does.

  9. Oh lighten up. I didn’t “claim”, I asked, jokingly. If you are that nasty to supporters….


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