Parthenon statues L. Mendoni: Turkey confirmed that Elgin’s “firma” is not original

During the visit of Culture Minister Lina Mendoni to Rhodes, Pervola, for the inauguration of the gardens of the Grand Master’s Palace, was asked by ERT about developments on the subject. Parthenon sculptors Focusing on the Intergovernmental Conference of UNESCO, he made the following statement:

On Friday night, the work of UNESCO’s special intergovernmental committee on discussions on the return of illegally exported cultural goods to their countries of origin was completed.

As you know, one of the constant topics of the agenda is related to the Parthenon sculptures. And this time the committee reached a recommendation calling on the two sides, Britain and Greece, to resolve this decades-old problem. Greece is always open to dialogue. He has worked and will work to make the great national goal of meeting the national demand of reuniting the Parthenon statues in Athens into the Acropolis museum a reality. One of the highlights of the session was the discussion around Elgin’s famous – in quotes – “firm”. I put this in quotes because it is an argument from the British side and has been proven not to be true. There was never an Ottoman farm that allowed Elgin to treat the Parthenon statues with the same ferocity. At the meeting, the representative of Turkey confirmed that the Greek side has been supporting it for years. That there was no farm.”

British Museum: “We are waiting for real solutions”

The management of the British Museum, which wants to establish new relations with Greece regarding the Parthenon sculptures, appeared according to the statement made by the representative of ERT on the occasion of the statements of the archaeologist Turkalas. Zeynep Bozsupported their return to Greece.

“The British Museum accepts Greece’s request to return London’s Parthenon sculptures to Athens. This is an issue with a very long history, and we understand and respect the strong feelings this controversy has caused.” This was first reported by the representative of the museum.

And he added: “We want to develop a new relationship with Greece – the ‘Parthenon partnership’ – and are interested in exploring innovative ways of working together (with our Greek friends) in the hope that the understanding of the Parthenon Sculptures will deepen and continue to inspire people around the world. The British Museum has been part of the Parthenon for over two centuries.” looks at their statues, and our deep investment in them is something we share with our Greek partners. We hope this can form the basis for new relationships and the real solutions we seek

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