Greece sways from taking legal action against UK

Greece will not take legal action against the UK to recover Elgin Marbles but rather pursue a “diplomatic and political” approach

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Barrister Amal Clooney urged Greece to take Britain to the International Criminal Court to reclaim the Elgin Marbles which are currently at the British Museum, however, Greece’s culture minister Nikos Xydakis said that a “diplomatic and political” approach would be more suitable to reclaim the marbles.

Xydakis said “One cannot go to court over whichever issue and besides, in international courts the outcome is uncertain.”

The sculptures are estimated to have been taken from Greece’s Parthenon 200 years ago by Lord Elgin.

Amal Clooney wife of famous actor George Clooney, has allegedly submitted a report to Greek officials urging the government to take Britain to the International Criminal Court to reclaim the sculptures, which Greece insists they were taken illegally.  

For the last 30 years, Greece and Britain have been stuck in a debate as Athens has consistently urged for the marbles to be returned.

Last December, the British museum loaned one of the marbles to be displayed in a museum in Russia for the first time, however,  the Greek Prime Minister of the time, Antonis Samaras found this move of the museum very provocative towards the Greek people.

The Elgin Marbles made by Phidias and his assistants and the marble sculptures of inscriptions and architectural members is a classical Greek collection.

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