The Ministry of Culture has offered clarifications in regards to the inaccuracies, as it calls them, that were included in an article of British newspaper The Independent, titled “Greece offers ancient archaeological wonders in exchange for Elgin Marbles”.

The Ministry’s press release mentions that there has been no official or unofficial proposal in regards to such a procedure.

Moreover, according to a comment by Louis Goddard, chairman of the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures, who is fully aligned with the Ministry’s approach, “any mention of specific artefacts is clearly the product of invention, either the signing journalist’s, or someone else’s speaking on my behalf, without such authorization”.

The full text of the Ministry of Culture’s press release:

In regards to the inaccuracies included in the article (14/3/2017) of British newspaper The Independent, titled “Greece offers ancient archaeological wonders in exchange for Elgin Marbles”, the Ministry of Culture and Sports offers the following clarifications:

The Greek side is considering the prospect of a cooperation with the British Museum which to this day is non-existent.

There has so far been no official or unofficial proposal by the Ministry and its present leadership. There has however been a systematic effort to recommence the dialogue for the reunification of the sculptures, through a new strategy which is not based on litigation.

For his part, Professor Louis Goddard, chairman of the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures (IARPS), who is fully aligned with the Ministry’s approach, emphatically commented on the article that:

“As IARPS chairman I didn’t speak to any journalist, nor knew anything of the article in question. Moreover, any mention of specific artefacts is clearly the product of invention, either the signing journalist’s, or someone else’s speaking on my behalf, without any such authorization. Articles of this kind can seriously undermine the goal towards which we fight. I believe that today more than ever a serious dialogue between the British government, the British Museum, and the Greek government can have essential results towards returning the Parthenon Marbles”.

Louis Goddard intends to send a letter to The Independent.