To the High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to Australia, I the signatory declare as follows, and agree to the accompanying disclaimer:
- The Parthenon is a World Heritage monument that embodies the democratic values and spirit inherited from Classical Greece which have shaped western civilisation.
- The artistic and sculptural integrity of the Parthenon was severely compromised in 1801 when Lord Elgin and his men began the process of dismantling and removing substantial parts of the Parthenon’s exquisite architectural and sculptural elements when Athens was under Ottoman rule.
- The Parthenon Marbles taken by Elgin are currently on display in the British Museum.
- The Acropolis Museum in Athens, which was completed in 2009, displays most of the known surviving marbles from the Parthenon in a specifically designed museum gallery within view of the Parthenon and in their proper context.
- Despite calls for the reunification of the Parthenon Marbles currently in the British Museum, successive British Governments and the British Museum have refused all such requests in respect of this important cultural legacy.
- We therefore call upon the British Government to amend the British Museum Act 1963 to allow for the British Museum Trustees to approve requests for the return of items within the museum’s collection.
- We also call on the United Kingdom to do all things necessary to return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece in order to permanently reunite these marbles and thereby enhance the historic friendship between the United Kingdom and Greece.
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