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Swiss jurist: keep Parthenon Sculptures issue out of court

The opinion of Professor Dusan Sidjanski, president of the Swiss Committee for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles, that Greece should not opt for making the return of the sculptures an issue in courts, has caused an international debate, in light of the arrival, also of Ms Amal Alamudin in Athens to examine just this issue.


Professor Sidfjanski is adamantly against any recourse to justice in this issue, and sent a letter to Prime Minister Samaras stating so. The professor characteristically noted that “the choice of the government to use Amal Alamudin as a lawyer, would be disastrous.”

As he stresses “the economic cost would be tremendous, and most importantly is the possibvility that we may lose in court, something which cannot be ruled out given that the Unoited Kingdom exerts greater influence than does Greece.”

The chairman of the British Committee for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles, Eddie O'Hara also agreed that any recourse to court is a legally complex issue and if there is no clear cut decision in favor of Greece, then the case for the return off the sculptures will be torpedoed. Given Mr O'hara's long tenure in UK parliament and the Council of Europe, his points show valid grounds.

The reason we use two forms Parthenon Sculptures and Parthenon Marbles is that as Greeks we find it inappropriate thatsuch significant works of art be called marbles, yet we recognize that some foreign organizations have adopted the phrase Parthenon Marbles in their titles.