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Ambassador to the U.S. Andreas Kakouris, today briefed senior staff of many of the most crucial foreign policymakers in the U.S. Congress on efforts to end the occupation and division of Cyprus. This briefing was organized by the Coordinated Effort of Hellenes (CEH) – a 26 year – old network of over 300 Greek – Americans who have close relationships with key U.S. policymakers across the country.

Over 45 key Congressional staff attended the 1.5 hour roundtable discussion. Those who accepted invitations to this working luncheon included the staff of:

13 of the 16 members of the House Europe Subcommittee, including the Chairman and Ranking Member; Just under half of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, including the Chairman and Ranking Member; The Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority Leader; The Chair of the Senate European Affairs Subcommittee; The Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee; The Chairman of the Helsinki Commission; The Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee

Next month CEH will be organizing meetings on Capitol Hill and with key Administration officials around the 35th commemoration of the July 20 Turkish invasion and occupation of Cyprus.

Andrew A. Athens, Chairman, National Coordinated Effort of Hellenes (CEH); National Chairman, United Hellenic American Congress (UHAC), Honorary President, World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE)

Philip Christopher, Vice Chair, National Coordinated Effort of Hellenes (CEH); President, International Coordinating Committee—Justice for Cyprus (PSEKA); President, Pancyprian Association of America

Andrew E. Manatos, President, National Coordinated Effort of Hellenes (CEH); Executive Board Member, UHAC and PSEKA

Panikos Papanicolaou, Supreme President, Cyprus Federation of America

Nikos Mouyiaris, Executive Vice President, Pancyprian Association of America

George J. Tsunis, Chairman/CEO Chartwell Hotels

Tasos D. Zambas, Alternate President, PSEKA; Chairman, Justice Committee , Cyprus Federation of America

Endy emenides, resident, Hellenic American Leadership Council; Vice President, PSEKA

American Hellenic Council of California, President, Dr.Nicolaos Alexopoulos

Zenon Christodoulou, Founding chair, NJ Hellenic American Heritage Commission

George Dovellos, Board of Directors, United Hellenic American Congress (UHAC)

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