Detailed answers on the issue of the Parthenon Marbles, especially on the reaction of the British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, but also on the attempt to return the Marbles, were given by the Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister Thanasis Kontogeorgis in his radio interview on ERT on Wednesday.
“The government and the prime minister had highlighted in the past, in a systematic, appropriate way, the issue of reuniting the Parthenon Marbles in their natural environment. Obviously, it is a delicate issue, an ongoing demand, so the handling must be delicate,” he said, while also recording the shift in public opinion in United Kingdom.
“There is a reaction both within Great Britain and internationally. It’s not something that turned out well for the British Prime Minister,” he added, and reassured: “We will continue the work that is needed and with the organisations that we need to cooperate with, in order at some point to achieve this fair request and to fulfill the wishes of all of us in this issue.”
At the same time, he denied Downing Street’s claim that there had been a prior agreement between the two governments not to raise the controversial issue.