This year marks the bicentenary since the theft of the Parthenon Marbles by Lord Elgin, who smuggled them to the United Kingdom. The marbles have since then been in the British Museum.
Many efforts have been made and several international campaigns have been launched for the return of the marbles to their natural environment, the Parthenon, one of the most important monuments of world culture.
On the occasion of the bicentenary since their illegal removal from the historical monument of the Acropolis in Athens, the Cyprus News Agency (CNA), wanting to contribute in its own way to keeping the issue in the spotlight, has decided to undertake an initiative to collect signatures in Cyprus.
Not accepting the reasoning behind giving up on a just cause, CNA, as a public information service in Cyprus, calls on everybody to join in the effort to collectively demand the return of the Parthenon Marbles to the Acropolis.
CNA Board Chairman
In a statement, Chairman of the CNA Board of Directors Larkos Larkou said that the initiative the CNA is undertaking aims at keeping a topic of international interest open.
“It is important for everyone to keep trying with any means they have at their disposal until the day of their return. The restoration of the marbles to their natural environment is a pressing need, so that the unity of the site regains is completeness once again”, Larkou pointed out.
He noted that the CNA initiative is being launched to mark the bicentenary of the theft of the marbles by Lord Elgin.
“I am sure that Cyprus is sensitive to issues concerning the protection and restoration of cultural heritage”, the Chairman of the CNA Board said, adding that “by signing we support the effort and display our will not to be back seat citizens, but citizens with a critical view about everything around us”.
CNA Acting Director
CNA Acting Director, Editor in Chief, George Penintaex said that through the campaign the Agency would also seek the participation of those who could make a difference, in their own way.
He added that in 2017 a series of various events is scheduled, including lectures, presentations with a targeted audience, and an international conference. Furthermore, CNA, as a media organisation, would interview distinguished personalities involved with this issue, and would promote relevant audiovisual material.
At the same time, Penintaex said that CNA would undertake the promotion of the Declaration which has been prepared for this issue, and the collection of signatures from government and state officials, the leadership of the Church of Cyprus, ministers, members of parliament, party leaders, personalities and heads of organised groups, across the whole range of the political, economic and social life of the country.
Following is the Declaration:
THE PARTHENON MARBLES
IN THEIR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
The Cyprus News Agency, wanting to contribute to the international campaign for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to their natural environment, is undertaking an initiative to collect signatures to achieve this aim.
The Parthenon Marbles are an indivisible part of one of the most important monuments of world culture. Thus, these unique masterpieces can only assume their true conceptual status in their natural and historical environment, as an integral part of the Parthenon.
Two hundred years since they were stolen by Lord Elgin, the demand for their return to their natural environment becomes even more imperative. Many efforts have been made in the past, we know that they did not bear the desired results, but no one should resign to this logic. The demand is ripe everyday and this is the reason we are present in this effort.
The CNA Board of Directors calls on every organised group and every active citizen to take part in the struggle for the return of the marbles to Greece.
By signing the Declaration, we raise the voice of reasoning for the return of the marbles.
Every day we say louder and louder: The Parthenon Marbles belong in their natural environment./IBNA
Source: Cyprus News Agency