Doc. 8858
6 October 2000

The Elgin Marbles: sculptures from the Parthenon

Motion for a resolution

presented by Mr O’Hara and others

This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only

the members who have signed it

1. The Assembly notes that the sculptures from the Parthenon in the collection known as the Elgin Marbles are integral components of the building from which they were removed.

2. The Assembly notes that the Parthenon is the most significant feature of the Acropolis in Athens which has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

3. The Assembly believes that the question of where the sculptures should be displayed is separable from and more important than the disputed question of their ownership.

4. The Assembly believes also that legal and technical means exist whereby the UK government could display these sculptures in Athens without conceding their legal title to ownership.

5. The Assembly considers that these sculptures should be transferred to Athens for display in proximity to the monument to which they truly belong.

Signed (see overleaf)

Signed : i

O’Hara, United Kingdom, SOC

Christodoulides, Cyprus, UEL

Cox, United Kingdom, SOC

Cryer, United Kingdom, SOC

Cunliffe, United Kingdom, SOC

De Puig, Spain, SOC

Demetriou, Cyprus, EPP/CD

Etherington, United Kingdom, SOC

Flynn, United Kingdom, SOC

Hadjidemetriou, Cyprus, SOC

Kiely, Ireland, LDR

Kittis, Cyprus, LDR

Lucyga, Germany , SOC

Marshall, United Kingdom, SOC

McNamara, United Kingdom, SOC

Pavlidis, Greece, EPP/CD

Rapson, United Kingdom, SOC

Vis, United Kingdom, SOC