President Prokopis Pavlopoulos received on Tuesday the general director of UNESCO Irina Bokova at the presidential mansion.
Pavlopoulos underlined UNESCO’s decisive role on the protection of the cultural heritage pointing out that today the cultural heritage is threatened by governmental actions that interpret the history at their convinience, by conflicts and military operations and by jihad terrorism.
He also said that UNESCO must protect the world cultural heritage at any cost, regardless of the political cost because this is its role and thanked Bokova for the cooperation with Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation.
On her part, Bokova thanked Pavlopoulos for the honour and expressed her respect and solidarity to the Greek people. She referred to the strengthening of the relations between UNESCO and Greece and agreed with Pavlopoulos that today there are ideologies that attempt to distort history. She made a special reference to the way the Greeks deal with the refugees issue and the refugees in general noting that the Greeks proved their humanism to all the world despite the economic difficulties they are experiencing.
Bokova was accompanied by Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Amanatidis and UNESCO goodwill ambassador Marianna Vardinoyannis.