Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassador, Kerry Kennedy, human rights activist and President of the Robert F. Kennedy Centre for Human Rights, and Ted Kennedy, a prominent lawyer who specialises in health issues and advocate of the legal rights of persons with disabilities, accompanied by his wife Kiki Kennedy, met with Prokopios Pavlopoulos, the President of the Hellenic Republic, on Monday, 7 October 2019.
The meeting was centred around the return of the Parthenon Sculptures.
Mr Pavlopoulos thanked Kerry Kennedy for her efforts to protect human rights and for her contribution to the return of the Parthenon Sculptures. “I would like to thank you for your work regarding the protection of human rights. We need to protect human rights, which are being challenged throughout the world. I would also like to thank you for your support in the great national cause of returning the Parthenon Sculptures to Athens, where they belong”, said the President of the Hellenic Republic.
Kerry Kennedy emphasised the importance of the Parthenon Sculptures’ return to Athens, saying: “The Parthenon Sculptures must be reunited and find their place here, not only for Greek people to enjoy them, but for everyone to see them in their natural environment”.
Mrs. Vardinoyannis also spoke about the significance of the Parthenon Sculptures’ return: “The Kennedy family are philhellenes. They love our country and are advocates of the Parthenon Sculptures’ return. We spoke about this issue in detail and I know that through her international work, Kerry supports our great national effort”.