“The issue of Hagia Sophia and the Monastery of Chora is on the agenda of all our contacts,” Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said on Friday during his address to the 4th Panhellenic Conference on the Digitalization of Cultural Heritage, according to ANA.
Dendias noted that the preservation and promotion of its cultural heritage are of great importance for Greece while noting that “the monuments of Greek culture are scattered in various countries, in the Mediterranean, in the Middle East, but also in the depths of Asia.”
“Unfortunately, this legacy is under constant threat,” he noted, “Including, of course, from countries like Turkey, which is violating fundamental UNESCO rules and turning monuments, such as Hagia Sophia and the Monastery of Chora, into mosques.”
The foreign minister pointed out that the goal is “to make every effort to protect this heritage” and “in this context we have talked with various international organizations, starting with UNESCO. At the same time, we raise this issue, both bilaterally and multilaterally.”
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