The secret meetings between Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and British Museum chair George Osborne as they explore a deal to end the dispute over the Parthenon Marbles are documented in a report published in the Financial Times on Friday.
According to the report, which also includes comments from an interview with Greece’s conservative leader, the two sides have held a series of meetings on the issue at a London hotel since November 2021.
The arrangement being reportedly discussed would see a proportion of the sculptures sent to Athens on rotation over a set time period, such as 10 years.
However, despite the optimism fueled by the good chemistry between the two men and the timing as western country’s are revisiting their colonial past, the report underscores the enormous legal challenges that the two sides need to navigate in order to end a feud that dates back to the 1800s.
“It would be a big problem for Mitsotakis to accept a ‘loan’ of what he regards as Greek property,” the report says.
The report adds that “talks are also under way on a legal agreement whereby Greece entering into a contract with the British Museum would not force Athens to accept the museum’s ownership of the marbles on principle.”
This article was previously published at ekathimerini.com.