Statements & Speeches

FM Dendias Athens Democracy Forum

2021 Athens Democracy Forum: Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias addresses the Symposium on “Combating Racism and Hate Speech: Lessons from the Holocaust”

“We did believe that it was unthinkable that this could happen. But the unthinkable did indeed happen. This is the reason why we can never say: “our work is done”.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, Nikos Dendias, opened the Symposium on “Combating Racism and Hate Speech: Lessons from ...
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Ambassador Chris Lazaris

IHRA Chair’s address at the virtual commemoration of the genocide of the Sinti and Roma on 2 August 2021

On 2 August, the Roma Genocide Remembrance Day, we commemorate the last 4,300 Sinti and Roma in the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, who were murdered by the SS in 1944 despite their fierce resistance. Addressing this year’s virtual commemoration of all 500,000 Sinti and Roma murdered in Nazi-occupied Europe, to ...
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Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias' welcome address

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias welcomes delegates to IHRA Athens Plenary 2021

“It is my privilege to welcome today to Athens, the participants to the first Plenary of the Holocaust International Remembrance Alliance under the 2021- 2022 Greek Presidency.

Dear Friends,

We do not want to see the memory of the Holocaust as an echo of the past; we see it as ...
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Secretary General for Greeks Abroad & Public Diplomacy John Chrysoulakis' welcome address

Secretary General for Greeks Abroad and Public Diplomacy John Chrysoulakis welcomes delegates to IHRA Athens Plenary 2021

“Distinguished delegates of the IHRA member countries, I warmly welcome you to the online Athens Plenary Meeting in the capital of Greece, a city with great history and a vibrant life.

It is a great honor to address this Plenary Meeting of the IHRA, an alliance whose goals and values ...
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IHRA Chair Ambassador Lazaris welcomes delegates to Athens Online Plenary

IHRA Chair Ambassador Chris Lazaris welcomes delegates to IHRA Athens Plenary 2021

“Excellencies, Heads of National Delegations, IHRA Colleagues, Dear Participants,

Welcome to Athens!

I do hope the video you have just viewed has enticed you to visit the “City crowned with Lillies” as the ancient tragedians called her, by yourselves and not just virtually. Incidentally, the name refers to Athens’ spectacular ...
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Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias’ greeting remarks in the webinar “Practical implementation of the three non-legally binding IHRA working definitions in multicultural societies” (19.5.2021)

“It is a pleasure and a privilege for me to address today this educational webinar. It focuses on the practical Implementation of the three legally non-binding IHRA working definitions in multicultural societies. I warmly salute my dear colleagues, Ministers Bujar Osmani of North Macedonia and Karoline Edstadler of Austria. I ...
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