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International Colloquium on: The protection and the return of cultural property

The institutional framework for cultural heritage, in terms of international ethics, protection, legal practice, diplomatic approach, international collaboration efforts and other relevant issues, the main focus being on the issue of the Parthenon Marbles, will be discussed during the international conference to be held on Friday, December 10th at the Amphitheatre New Acropolis Museum, with the participation of distinguished scientists from Greece and abroad. Among which, internationally renowned Advocate, George Bizos from S. Africa.

The conference is organized by the “Foundation for International Legal Studies” – Professor I. Krispis and Dr. Anastasia Samara – Krispi, in collaboration with the University of Athens, the Acropolis Museum and the World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE).

“This is not the first time our Foundation deals with the protection of cultural property in Greece, but also internationally” states Dr. Anastasia Samara – Krispi to ANAMPA.

“Today, in the belief that the primary cause of the crisis is intellectual and cultural. The Foundation continues its efforts and returns to the important and broad issue on the protection but also the return of cultural property”, she notes.

Even though several events have been held recently in Greece, but also in international forums on the issue of the conference, which is timeless, Dr. Samara Krispi believes that, always, within the framework of the proceedings, new ideas, interesting views and stimuli for a constructive perception of the new cultural issues order, emerge.

“Greece has repeatedly suffered from illegal trafficking of cultural property. The return of the Parthenon Marbles in Greece remains a major issue of worldwide interest”, stresses Dr. Samara – Krispi.

“Even though Considerable efforts are being made, the entire institutional framework in Greece, but also internationally, still has gaps and weaknesses. Currently, arrangements are being sought, mainly through international agreements, international cooperation, international organization resolutions, but also through the exchange of information, views, through the so-called diplomatic course” she underlines.

Distinguished scientists from Greece and abroad will develop the issues of the conference within the framework of two sessions, one of which regarding the Parthenon Marbles.

Speakers from abroad, besides Mr. Bizos, include, Symeon Symeonides, Dean and Distinguished Professor, Williamette University, Victor Bizannes, Attorney, Emannuel J. Comino, AM, founder and chairman of the “international organizing committee – Australia for the restitution of the Parthenon Marbles in Association with AHEPA INTERNATIONAL, Alexis Mantheakis, Chairman of the International Parthenon Sculptures Action Committee – Intervention, and Dimitris Vafeiadis, from S. Africa on behalf of SAE Youth.

From Greece, among other speakers, professors Spyros Vrellis, Antonis Bredimas, Anna Grammatikaki – Alexiou, Elina Moustaira, Vyron Mataragas, from Cyprus European University, Hon. Ambassador Constantinos Tritaris, archaeologist Elena Korka, Dr. Eirini Stamatoudi, Attorney Matina Stea, Kostantza Kyriazi, Attorney DEA, Hellenic Society of Antiquities Law, etc. will be also participating.

The opening speech will be made by Professor Demetris Pantermalis, Chairman of the New Acropolis Museum, while greetings will be addressed by the President of the Foundation for International Legal Studies – Professor Elias Krispis and the President of the World Council of Hellenes Abroad, Dr. Stefanos Tamvakis.

Source: ANAMPA

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