Nicolae Titulescu bust unveiled in Athens

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A bust of great Romanian statesman and diplomat Nicolae Titulescu was unveiled on Wednesday in Athens, an event that coincided with the 130th anniversary of the birth of the visionary politician, reads a Foreign Ministry release.

The ceremony took place in the presence of Romanian ambassador in Athens George Ciamba, Greek Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister and member of Parliament Kostas Tsiaras, of the Athens City Hall leaders and executive director of the ‘Nicolae Titulescu’ European Foundation George Potra.

In his speech, Romania’s ambassador highlighted Titulescu’s visionary profile on the regional and European interwar stage and emphasized the strong affinity of the great Romanian statesman for Greece, where the Balkan Pact was signed 78 years ago.

In turn, Kostas Tsiaras underscored the symbolic significance of the event from the viewpoint of the traditional relations of friendship that connect Romania and Greece.

George Potra spoke at length about the European dimension of the political and diplomatic work of the Romanian personality, a precursor and promoter of the idea of a united Europe.

The bust of Nicolae Titulescu, installed courtesy of the local authorities in the Rizari park in the center of the Greek capital, is a donation of the ‘Nicolae Titulescu’ European Foundation to the municipality of Athens, in token of friendship for the Greek people. The inscription in Greek on the socle reads: ‘Nicolae Titulescu (1882-1941); President of the Nations Assembly Society; Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs; inspiration of the Balkan Pact (Athens, February 9, 1934).”

The unveiling of the bust of the great Romanian politician adds to the other symbols of the good Romania – Greece bilateral relations present in the center of Athens, like the Voukourestiou Street (named after the Treaty of Bucharest – 1913) and the commemorative plaque at the former site of the Embassy of Romania between 1919-1946.

A Foreign Minister (1927-1928 and 1932-1936), elected twice president of the General Assembly of the League of Nations (1930 and 1931), Titulescu was the artisan and promoter of the Balkan Pact signed in Athens on February 9, 1934, by Greece, Turkey, Romania and Yugoslavia, the cornerstone of a security and cooperation agreement meant to ensure peace and stability in the region.

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