The Parthenon cause gains the support of the leader of the UK opposition party

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain's Labour Party recently spoke about his support for the return of the looted Parthenon Sculptures to their Greek home in Athens. Mr Corbyn disagreed with the policy of looted foreign cultural items being kept in UK museums and specifically spoke about the Parthenon Sculptures that were looted by Lord Elgin when Greece was still under Turkish occupation two hundred years ago and unable to intervene with the removal of the iconic and symbolic for the Greeks and world democracy marble statues from the Parthenon Temple where they had remained for 2,400 years.

 

Mr Corbyn's comments, coming from such a senior British politician, and probable future Prime Minsiter  were welcomed in Greece and around the world, as well as by the majority of Britons who opinion polls have shown to support the reunification of the iconic Greek sculptures now in the British Museum with those in  Athens. We congratulate Mr Corbyn on his stance and look forward to public opinion in Britian and the media helping us convince the government in London to revise the Museums Act and give Greece back what belongs to her. 

IPSACI Chairman Alexi Mantheakis speaking to politicians, academicians, members of the UNESCO clubs, schools, and the public at the Veaki Open Air Theatre about the great opportunity that Brexit gives the Greek government to negotiate the return.

The Greek government officially asks the British government to begin talks on the Parthenon issue

After UNESCO mediation and support the Greek Culture Minister sent an official letter to her British counterpart to request that Britain enter into priority talks for the return of the Parthenon Sculptures still in the British Museum. It is the first time that Greece has officially demanded the return from Britain of the looted sections of the Parthenon Frieze since 1981 when then Minister of Culture Melina Mercouri demanded the restitution from Britain.

 

It has been a long battle for our campaign organisation to get the Greek government to commit to directly demanding the sculptures, where we have noticed years long reticence for any sort of pressure by Greece on Britain until now. It is only in the last few months that Greek politicians such as the President of the Republic have publicly made demands in this direction, with the Greek Prime Minister Mr Tsipras recently referring to the need to solve this long festering culltural conflict between Britain and Greece, after which the letter to Britain for talks was sent.

 

Our chairman's suggestion that Brexit was an ideal,  and unique in 200 years opportunity, for Greece to force the return was met by an immediate denial in a press release by the culture minister that Greece would pressure Britain using Brexit that needs Greek parliamentary ratification to be valid, while a section of the British tabloid press predictably attacked the statement by IPSACI chairman Alexis Mantheakis to Deutsche Welle and Bunte saying we could "now get the Sculptures back with a little pressure". And Greece can!