Greek Alternate Culture Minister Nikos Xydakis announced that the Greek government is not planning on requesting the return of the Parthenon Marbles from the British Museum through a court procedure.
“The route to requesting the return of the Parthenon Marbles is diplomatic and political,” noted Xydakis during an interview on Greek TV, noting that Amal Clooney of the Doughty Street Chambers legal firm, will be providing legal advice on the matter.
“On one hand, we cannot go to court for every matter, and on the other, the outcome at the international courts is uncertain, things are never so easy,” he said, however he underlined that “the climate is slowly changing.”
Amal Clooney supports the idea that Greece has a greater chance if it decides to claim the marbles via the courts, since she believes that time is running against Athens, fearing that the opportunity may not arise in the future.
Furthermore, Xydakis revealed that the National Museum of Contemporary Art will open for the public by the end of the year.