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Greece participates in international forum in Beijing for the protection world cultural heritage
The Palace Museum of the Forbidden City recently organized an international forum aiming at generating solutions to common problems in preserving world cultural heritage and to seek ways of sustainable inheritance of human civilizations. The forum brought together leading archeologists, historians and museologists from ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property), the International Council of Museums (ICOM), International Council on Monuments and Sites and eight countries known for their ancient civilizations -- Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Mexico and China.
Invited to the forum was the Secretary General for Cultural Affairs, Ms Maria Vlazaki, who was represented by the Ambassador of Greece in China Leonidas Rokanas. The Embassy Counselor in charge of cultural affairs, Ms Elisabeth Fotiadou, was also present in the opening ceremony and attended the forum's proceedings.
At the end of the forum, over 50 professionals from participant countries, signed "The Declaration of Supreme Harmony," appealing to countries with great civilizations to strengthen communication and better protect cultural heritage. In his opening speech, Shan Jixiang, director of the Palace Museum referred to the fundamental contributions of Hellenic culture to world civilization, noted the country's efforts in protecting its cultural heritage, and underscored his vivid memories from the opening of the new Acropolis Museum, when Greek officials presiding at the opening ceremony symbolically reattached pieces of marble from the Parthenon.
The director of the Palace Museum in Beijing’s Forbidden City, Dr. Shan Jixiang, said in a recent interview with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) that China, Greece and other countries with ancient civilizations must unite and join hands for the return of objects that have been taken from our countries”.
Mr Shan has also informed recently Chinese media about the forthcoming opening of the museum's cultural relic restoration center, and its cooperation with scientists from Greece with the creation of a protection lab for relics. The lab was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras during his official visit to Beijing last July.
故宫博物馆成立90多年后成功召开了国际论坛，旨在携手应对世界文化遗产保护所面临的共同问题，联合探讨人类文明可持续传承的有效途径。来自中国、埃及、希腊、印度、伊拉克、伊朗、意大利、墨西哥等国家的文化代表和来自国际古迹遗址保护、国际文物保护修复、国际博物馆管理诸领域的文明使者相聚紫禁城，积极参与“世界古代文明保护论坛”（The World's Ancient Civilizations Protection Forum），