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Adelaide Greek Community demands

return of Sculptures

January 2022 The Greek Orthodox Community of SA held its annual General Meeting last month at the Olympic Hall. The GOCSA Executive reported to the members on the activity of the Association and presented financial reports on the business activity of the organisation particularly the Ridleyton Greek Home for the Aged. At the closing of the AGM, a resolution was passed unanimously by the members in support of the Greek Government’s efforts for the return of the Parthenon Sculptures to Greece. There is a detailed article on page 9 which gives the history and explains the issues on the sculptures. The resolution adopted by the GOCSA AGM reads as follows: "Two hundred years have passed since the sculptures of the Parthenon were taken away from their rightful place to be carried and placed in the British Museum. Millions of people visit the Greek treasures in the UK paying an entry fee, which means a lot of money has been collected all these years to end up in the treasuries of Britain. We believe that we have waited quite long enough for the Greek sculptures to be returned to where they belong. A story that has been repeated in history so many times, a story about conquerors - trespassers and looters who did not respect the cultural heritage of a people to whom this is an "ancestral heritage". Which is not an individual property but of an entire people. Who must enjoy respect and international protection, recognition and preservation and must be returned to where they belong: To the Greek people! The Annual General Meeting of the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia convened on 28 November 2021, knowing what the historical reality is, insists that the time has come - and out of principal - for Britain to show the required understanding and accept the just request of Greece, of the Greek people and their respective governments to return the sculptures of the Parthenon to their rightful place, in Greece, where they were made and placed by the first highly-skilled sculptors three thousand years ago. At the same time, the members of the Community express their full and unwavering support towards the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of our first homeland that promotes this issue until absolute and complete justice is served. We are and will remain in solidarity with Greece until the final vindication". The resolution was sent to the Greek Government and Parliament, the British Government and the United Nations.
Greek Tribune Adelaide, South Australia
© 2021 Greek Community Tribune All Rights Reserved

Adelaide Greek Community demands

return of Sculptures

January 2022 The Greek Orthodox Community of SA held its annual General Meeting last month at the Olympic Hall. The GOCSA Executive reported to the members on the activity of the Association and presented financial reports on the business activity of the organisation particularly the Ridleyton Greek Home for the Aged. At the closing of the AGM, a resolution was passed unanimously by the members in support of the Greek Government’s efforts for the return of the Parthenon Sculptures to Greece. There is a detailed article on page 9 which gives the history and explains the issues on the sculptures. The resolution adopted by the GOCSA AGM reads as follows: "Two hundred years have passed since the sculptures of the Parthenon were taken away from their rightful place to be carried and placed in the British Museum. Millions of people visit the Greek treasures in the UK paying an entry fee, which means a lot of money has been collected all these years to end up in the treasuries of Britain. We believe that we have waited quite long enough for the Greek sculptures to be returned to where they belong. A story that has been repeated in history so many times, a story about conquerors - trespassers and looters who did not respect the cultural heritage of a people to whom this is an "ancestral heritage". Which is not an individual property but of an entire people. Who must enjoy respect and international protection, recognition and preservation and must be returned to where they belong: To the Greek people! The Annual General Meeting of the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia convened on 28 November 2021, knowing what the historical reality is, insists that the time has come - and out of principal - for Britain to show the required understanding and accept the just request of Greece, of the Greek people and their respective governments to return the sculptures of the Parthenon to their rightful place, in Greece, where they were made and placed by the first highly-skilled sculptors three thousand years ago. At the same time, the members of the Community express their full and unwavering support towards the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of our first homeland that promotes this issue until absolute and complete justice is served. We are and will remain in solidarity with Greece until the final vindication". The resolution was sent to the Greek Government and Parliament, the British Government and the United Nations.
Greek Tribune
Adelaide, South Australia