The Greek Government has no plans for the time being to launch legal action against Britain to regain the Parthenon Marbles, Culture Minister Kostas Tasoulas said at a recent press conference held at the Acropolis Museum.
The culture minister said that the government would first “exhaust” all possibilities with UNESCO who announced it would mediate in the cultural dispute between Greece and Britain.
The press conference was held on 15 October on the sidelines of the visit of a team of international lawyers, who came to Greece to meet government officials, including Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, and advise on the country’s quest for the return of the Parthenon sculptures to Athens. Lawyers Geoffrey Robertson QC and Amal Alamuddin Clooney from London-based “Doughty Street Chambers” legal firm and Noman Palmer, a leading QC specialising in cultural property law, were in Athens during 13 and 16 October.
According to the Greek press, not much information was revealed at the press conference in regards to the meetings that took place between the government and the three lawyers.
The three eminent lawyers agreed that the case of the Parthenon marbles is unique in the world and carries special significance.
On her part, Amal Alamuddin Clooney, a human rights lawyer and wife of American actor George Clooney, said that Greece had “just cause” in seeking the return of the Parthenon Marbles from the British Museum.
During the press confernce, a Greek journalist asked whether if the government was planning to “hire” the three lawyers. The culture minister said that no financial arrangement had been made and that they visited Athens to take part in an “exploratory meeting.”
In a seperate statement, Mr. Tasoulas had said that Greece welcomes every suggestion, every idea and every support for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece. “Especially when it comes from international personalities,” he said.