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Athens: Ιnternational Conference on the Return of Cultural Property

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   In the framework of the activities of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of Illicit Appropriation. Addressing the event, Culture Minister Mihalis Liapis emphasised that changes in museum policies and an increase in instances of cooperation for the repatriation of looted artefacts could pave the way for the return of the Parthenon Marbles. , Greece is hosting a two-day international conference titled “Return of Cultural Property to its Country of Origin,” which concludes today at the New Acropolis Museum.  Athens News Agency: Return of cultural property conference; The Restitution of the Parthenon marbles: The Official Greek Position; International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures: www.parthenoninternational.org  (GREEK & ENGLISH TEXT FOLLOWS) Continue reading

Ancient Olympia is Ready for the Lighting of the Olympic Torch Ceremony

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) During a visit to ancient Olympia to inspect regeneration work carried out on the site on Monday, Culture Minister Mihalis Liapis said it is ready for the ceremony for the lighting of the Olympic Torch for the Beijing Games, on March 24. The site and especially the surrounding vegetation had suffered extensive damage during the fires that raged across the Peloponnese last August.  “We are ready to receive the Chinese delegation, to hand over the flame in a simple and solemn ceremony,” Liapis said. The area has been rejuvenated with more than 36,000 plants.  (ΑΚΟΛΟΥΘΕΙ ΚΑΙ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΟ ΚΕΙΜΕΝΟ) Continue reading