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Adelaide Greek Community demands
return of Sculptures
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.
Adelaide, South Australia