A battle was won last night at the UNESCO headquarters, in Paris, following the unanimous recommendation of the Intergovernmental Committee of the International Organization that Greece and Great Britain accept UNESCO as the official mediator for the issue of reunification of the Parthenon Marbles. The committee has also issued a six month deadline during which time Britain should respond.
The Greek side has been looking for ways to render the request for the reunification of Parthenon Sculptures into an international affair, something which is believed can be accomplished through the official backing of the prestigious UNESCO organization. However, it should be noted that the British side is not obliged to accept UNESCO’s mediation attempt.
By initiating the mediation process last year, it was the Greek side’s intention to secure the backing of principal member states of the UNESCO committee thus hoping added pressure would be exercised on the British side to accept and participate in mediation.
The matter of reunification has been a fixed item on the UNESCO agenda since 1987, though the mediation process had never been initiated prior to last year.